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CA Death Row Inmate Found Dead:  A California murderer awaiting execution at San Quentin State Prison has been found dead by unknown causes.  Nate Gartrell of the East Bay Times reports that Fernando Belmontes, 56, was sentenced to death for the 1981 murder of a nineteen-year-old girl during a burglary.  He beat the victim to death with an iron dumbell.  Two years earlier Belmontes had been convicted of being an accessory to manslaughter and attacking his pregnant girlfriend.  Belmontes was among a group of 16 inmates who had exhausted all of their appeals.  

Illegal Arrested For Abusing Child:   An illegal alien has been arrested in Iowa for sexually assaulting a child in Illinois.  Angela Ufheil of the Des Moines Register reports that 26-year-old Esau Ancheyta Hernandez, a Mexican national, was the subject of a two state search after he fled from police when the child's family reported the assault.  Amanda Marrazzo of the Chicago Tribune reports that Hernandez had been deported from the U.S. in 2012.  Police investigators eventually tracked him to an apartment in Ames, two blocks from Iowa State University, where he was found hiding under a bed.  He has been charged with Predatory Sexual Assault of a Child, and is awaiting extradition to the sanctuary city of Chicago.   

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