Northern Nevada inmate found dead

An inmate at the Northern Nevada Correctional Facility in Carson City died Monday.

Duke Fredrick Cranford, 63, died at about 3:45 p.m. at the medical facility inside the prison, the Nevada Corrections Department said in a statement.

He was serving a double life sentence for the 1976 murder of an auto executive since July 14, 1977, for charges including first-degree murder, battery on a police officer and battery by prisoner, among other charges.

The Carson City sheriff’s office coroner had not determined the cause and manner of death as of Tuesday evening.

Contact Bianca Cseke at or 702-383-0381. Follow @biancacseke1 on Twitter.

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