Death row inmate dies of unknown cause

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The Golden Gate Ferry Del Norte passes by San Quentin prison in San Quentin, Calif., Tuesday, April 30, 2002. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

SAN QUENTIN, California (KSEE/KGPE) – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said condemned inmate Spencer Brasure, 49, was found unresponsive in his San Quentin State Prison cell.

A Ventura County jury sentenced Brasure to death on August 24, 1998, for first-degree murder. Corrections officials said Brasure kidnapped and tortured 20-year-old Anthony Guest, a former child actor, before setting Guest on fire and killing him.

Authorities said Brasure had been on California’s death row since August 28, 1998. His cause of death is pending the results of an autopsy.

There are currently 731 offenders on California’s death row.

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