- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

INDIAN SPRINGS, Nev. (AP) - Authorities say a man who was serving a murder sentence for the beating death of his landlord has died in an apparent suicide.

Nevada Department of Corrections officials say 40-year-old Jonathan Van Hook was found unresponsive on Sunday in his solitary cell in southern Nevada’s High Desert State Prison.

He was pronounced dead after attempts to revive him failed.

Van Hook had been in the prison system since February. Court records show he was serving a sentence of 15 years to life in prison after pleading guilty but mentally ill to second degree murder of a victim over the age of 60.

Van Hook was accused of beating his 62-year-old landlord to death in Las Vegas in May 2009.


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