A California death row inmate who was convicted of the murder of a 7-year-old girl died at a hospital on Monday following an outbreak of COVID-19 at the San Quentin State Prison.
The California Department of Corrections (CDCR) said Troy Ashmus, 58, was pronounced dead at the hospital outside the state prison. He's now the seventh death row prisoner and 13th overall to die at the San Quentin prison.
"Ashmus was admitted to state prison from Sacramento County on Sept. 18, 1985, to serve a six-year sentence for assault with intent to commit a specific sex crime. While incarcerated, he was sentenced to death on July 25, 1986, by a Sacramento County jury," the state corrections department wrote. There are now 718 people on California's death row.
Since 1986, Ashmus has been on death row.
California's prison system so far has recorded nearly 7,000 CCP virus cases among inmates, and at least 39 inmates in the state's prison system have died from virus complications. Meanwhile, dozens of inmates remain hospitalized, with some in intensive care.
State officials have reported that more than 800 corrections employees have contracted the virus.