- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - An 82-year-old inmate who’d been convicted of three separate killings has died at the Nebraska State Penitentiary.

Clarence Victor, who had a long-term medical condition, died around 11 a.m. Tuesday in the prison’s nursing facility, according to the Lincoln Journal Star (https://bit.ly/1E6mDnX ). A grand jury will investigate Victor’s death, as required by state law whenever someone dies in state custody.

Victor, who was convicted of manslaughter in 1964 and second-degree murder in 1976, had been imprisoned since 1988. A Douglas County jury found him guilty of first-degree murder and he was sentenced to death for killing Alyce Singleton, 82, in her Omaha home the year before.

But he left death row in 2000, after the Nebraska Supreme Court upheld a judge’s decision to resentence Victor to life in prison. The judge cited a 1998 state law that barred the state from executing mentally disabled inmates. State prosecutors argued that the law was not meant to be retroactive, but the court agreed with Victor’s attorneys that prosecutors should have raised their objections at the district court resentencing hearing.

The law made it illegal to execute anyone with an IQ below 70. Tests placed Victor’s IQ level at 65.


Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, https://www.journalstar.com

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