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67-year-old child murderer is the ninth prisoner sentenced to death who dies of COVID-19 in San Quentin prison

The 67-year-old child murderer is the ninth death row inmate to die of COVID-19 in San Quentin Prison, causing a total of 13 prisoners in the facility to die from the virus

  • The 67-year-old was pronounced dead in an outdoor hospital on Tuesday
  • In 1994, John Beames was convicted of the torture and manslaughter of his girlfriend’s 15-month-old daughter
  • So far, eight other death row inmates in San Quentin have died of confirmed or suspected coronavirus
  • Four others died in the general prison population
  • 19 prisoners died at the California Institution for Men in Chino

Child murderer John Beames was pronounced dead on Tuesday after complications from COVID-19. He was 67

Child murderer John Beames was pronounced dead on Tuesday after complications from COVID-19. He was 67

Child murderer John Beames was pronounced dead on Tuesday after complications from the coronavirus, the last Californian sentenced to death who died of COVID-19.

The 67-year-old was pronounced dead in an outside hospital and his exact cause of death will be determined by a coroner, CBS San Francisco reports.

Beames was convicted in 1994 of the torture and manslaughter of his girlfriend’s 15-month-old daughter, who was living with him at the time.

He was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death in Tulare County in 1995.

An autopsy revealed that the child died from a severe blow to the abdomen, nearly cutting her liver. The girl’s mother was sentenced to 25 years to life because she had allowed the abuse.

So far, eight other death row inmates in San Quentin have died of confirmed or suspected coronavirus, while four others have died in the facility’s general prison population.

On Wednesday afternoon, the 13 deaths are the second most COVID-related deaths in the state prison system.

So far, eight other San Quentin prisoners have died of confirmed or suspected coronavirus infection, while four others have died in the general population

So far, eight other San Quentin prisoners have died of confirmed or suspected coronavirus infection, while four others have died in the general population

So far, eight other San Quentin prisoners have died of confirmed or suspected coronavirus infection, while four others have died in the general population

19 prisoners died at the California Institution for Men in Chino.

There are currently 861 prisoners in San Quentin with active infections, according to the CDCR’s coronavirus tracker.

On July 10, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that about 8,000 prisoners would be released to try to curb the outbreak in state prisons.

His plan applies to low-level offenders with 180 days or less in their sentences and those at high risk.

In March 2019, Newsom signed an enforcement order that imposed a moratorium on executions in California. He then ordered the execution chamber in San Quentin to be closed.

Currently, there are 717 people on death row in California, the CDCR said.

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