Sante Kimes, 79, dies; convicted in widow's murder

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Updated: 5/20 5:32 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — A state prison spokeswoman says Sante Kimes, who was convicted with her son of murdering a wealthy New York widow, has died in her cell at the age of 79.

Spokeswoman Linda Foglia says Kimes was found unresponsive at about 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in Westchester County.

In 2000, Kimes and her son Kenneth Kimes were convicted in connection with the disappearance of Irene Silverman, an 82-year-old widow and former Radio City Music Hall Rockette.

Prosecutors said they wanted to steal Silverman's town house.

Sante Kimes was found guilty of murder, robbery, conspiracy, forgery and other charges and sentenced to 120 years in prison.

Mary Tyler Moore portrayed her in a TV movie.

Foglia said she would not have been eligible for parole until 2119.

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