Missouri inmate serving time for 2 murders dies in prison

July 20, 2020 GMT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 69-year-old inmate serving time for two murders died at the Jefferson City Correctional Center, prison officials said Monday.

James Betts was pronounced dead at 1:33 p.m. Sunday at the facility in Jefferson City, Missouri, the Missouri Department of Corrections said in a news release. An autopsy is planned.

Betts was serving 50 years without parole for two counts of capital murder from Jackson County. He had been incarcerated since April 27, 1981.