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Prison authorities investigate death of murderer found in cell

An investigation is under way after an inmate was found dead at High Desert State Prison in Southern Nevada.

Prison officials said 55-year-old John Biasi was found dead in his single cell late Friday afternoon at the Indian Springs facility. They provided no immediate details about the cause of death.

Biasi was serving 10 to 25 years in prison for second-degree murder in the death of his father-in-law, Andres Ramos, 93. He was also serving a consecutive term of five to 15 years for use of a deadly weapon. No motive was listed.

He was convicted in Clark County and had been in the state prison system since November 2011.

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