Who was Richard Gonzales Samayoa? A prison inmate on death row died, Cause of death explained

Richard Gonzales Samayoa

Richard Gonzales Samayoa, a prison inmate who spent more than 30 years on California’s death row has passed away. Let’s see who was Richard Gonzales Samayoa and Samayoa cause of death in detail.

Who was Richard Gonzales Samayoa?

Richard Gonzales Samayoa who was detained for murdering a woman who is 33-year-old and her 2-year-old girl during a burglary died on Wednesday, state prisons authorities said.

On June 28, 1988, Samayoa received a death sentence in San Diego County for two charges of first-degree murder. He was convicted in the killings of Nelia Silva, a 33-year-old woman and her two-year-old daughter Katherine in 1985. On July 2, 1988, Samayoa was put on death row at San Quentin State Prison.

Prosecutors said Samayoa, a convicted felon who resided across the street from the victims, killed them with a wrench after they found him burglarizing their home.

According to a statement from the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Samayoa, 69, was discovered unconscious in his cell in the infirmary at San Quentin State Prison and was pronounced dead at 1:13 a.m. on Wednesday morning.

Samayoa cause of death:

Samayoa, who had been awaiting execution in California state prison since 1988, has died of natural causes early on Wednesday morning. He was 69 years old. Samoya cause of death will be determined by the coroner division of the Marin County Sheriff’s Office, according to CDCR public affairs.

Gov. Gavin Newsom has declared a moratorium on executions while in office and is working to demolish the United States’ largest death row by relocating all condemned inmates to other prisons. As of December 7, 2022, there are 675 people on California’s execution row.


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