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64-year-old inmate dies in Las Vegas hospital

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Posted at 3:26 PM, Jun 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-21 18:26:45-04

A 64-year-old inmate died in a Las Vegas hospital Monday evening.

The Nevada Department of Corrections reported at 5:52 pm, inmate Richard Wayne Petrarca died at Valley Hospital. He had been housed at High Desert State Prison, located about 30 miles north of Las Vegas, in the infirmary prior to his stay in the hospital.

Petrarca was committed from Churchill County on May 27, 2008. Petrarca was serving 8 to 20 years for attempted sexual assault.

The Clark County Coroner’s Office responded and an autopsy is being scheduled. Next of kin have been notified.