Inmate serving life sentence found dead in Florence prison

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Posted at 1:54 PM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 16:54:41-04

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — An inmate has died in a state prison in Florence.

The Arizona Department of Corrections said in a news release that 47-year-old Samuel Rotondo was found dead Saturday in the Arizona State Prison Complex-Eyman.

According to prison staff, Rotondo had committed an "act of self-harm'' and was unresponsive in his cell.

They tried to revive him before paramedics arrived.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. Rotondo had been serving a life sentence since 2001 for first-degree murder, attempted murder, aggravated assault and theft.

He was sentenced in Maricopa County.

As is routine, his death will be investigated and an autopsy will be performed.