- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 28, 2014

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana State Prison officials say two inmates who were serving time for deliberate homicide have died of extended illnesses.

Prison spokeswoman Linda Moodry says 52-year-old Richard Brian Cash died Wednesday at a Deer Lodge hospital, while 56-year-old Charles Glenn Smith died Tuesday at a prison infirmary in Lewistown.

Cash was serving 120 years for the 1991 stabbing death of Debra Davenport in Billings. He was among a group of state prison inmates who attempted to escape from a private prison in Louisiana in May 1999 while they were housed there to ease overcrowding at the state prison.

Smith was sentenced to 80 years in prison for killing his wife, Jody, in December 2007, at their residence in Hungry Horse. During Smith’s sentencing hearing, his attorney said Smith had cancer.

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