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2 Nevada inmates serving time for murder die in 2 days

Updated Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 | 5:08 p.m.

An inmate serving life in prison for murder was found unresponsive in his cell Saturday and later was pronounced dead.

He is the second inmate to die in two days at Nevada prisons.

Winston Kelly, 38, was found at 11 a.m. in his single-person cell at Ely State Prison, the Nevada Department of Corrections said in a news release. Kelly was taken to William Bee Ririe Hospital in Ely and was pronounced dead at 12:12 p.m., officials said.

Kelly was serving a life sentence for first-degree murder, robbery, and use of a deadly weapon, the release said.

On Friday, a man serving time for second-degree murder and use of deadly weapon was found dead in his cell at High Desert State Prison.

John Biasi, 55, was found dead around 4 p.m. in his single-person cell, officials from the Department of Corrections said in a news release.

Biasi had been serving 10 to 25 years in prison for second-degree murder and had a consecutive term of five to 15 years for use of a deadly weapon, officials said. Convicted in Clark County, Biasi had been in the custody of the Nevada Department of Corrections since November 2011, officials said.

Biasi’s death at the prison northwest of Las Vegas still is under investigation.

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  1. I wish the deceased a better life in the next one.

    What are the possibilities?

    1. Murder by another inmate
    2. Death by natural causes
    3. Drug overdose
    4. Murder or manslaughter by a mentally twisted prison guard

    That last one is unlikely to be admitted, so one of the first three will be the reason determined after investigation.

  2. I'd to hear BChap's take on this given his area of expertise.

  3. Anything here is pure speculation. The investigation, autopsy and tests are what determine the cause of death.

    Of course, BChap may hear some gossip on the grapevine that would add to the speculation, if he felt it was safe to repeat it here.

  4. Bob, an air freshener? Some would call you soft on crime.

    It's interesting how a single-person cell is a reward in some situations and a punishment in others.

  5. Well, that's two low lifes taxpayers won't be supporting any more. Why is it even news? Their victims probably got less press and their families and friends are still undoubtedly in pain. So, spare me any concern over them.

  6. All we can offer is "speculation". So here is mine: These untimely deaths were instances of arranged "hits" by either gangs, or some elite and unscrupulous power(mafia/cartel comes to mind,or political interest). Society has little sympathy for those who commited lethal crimes and who truly deserve either life sentences or a death sentence.

    It would seem that these subject inmates were somehow "liabilities" while still alive. That is my take.

    Blessings and Peace,

  7. Two convicted murders die in prison?


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  9. Trends. Full moon. Astrological configuration. As peacelilly mentioned, their Karma will follow them. Perhaps there is regret over choices made but we cannot let these people out among us. The UNREVEALED facts on Texas and capital punishment: SCOTUS told Texas to release hundreds of violent criminals due to overcrowding. Texas failed to act. SCOTUS demanded release of the next few dozen (violent criminals) who had hearings. So, dozens of career criminals were released into our midst. Said criminals continued their avocations and tortured and murdered, mostly innocent young women. As those cases hit the courts, death penalties were awarded, long overdue. Why do we keep releasing animals? (Texas will hire Metro veterans, no questions asked.)

  10. Well it looks like they're in front of the big judge now. I'm sure they'll be dealt with accordingly.