Man imprisoned for '93 Sparks murder dies in prison

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Updated: 5/22/2013 4:55 pm
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (KRNV & -- The Nevada Department of Corrections reports that inmate Leonardo Cruz was found dead in his cell mid-day Tuesday, May 21, 2013.

Cruz was at Southern Desert Correctional Center located just outside Las Vegas, Nevada. Cruz was 66-years-old, had been in NDOC’s custody since 1993. He was committed from Washoe County.

Cruz’s death appears to be from natural causes and family has been notified.

Cruz was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole for the crime of murder in the first degree with a weapon enhancement of a coworker in 1993. The murdered man was identified Luis Bernardino. 

The matter is under investigation and no further information is available at this time.
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