SAN QUENTIN – Condemned inmate Brandon Wilson, 33, who was on death row for the murder of a 9-year-old boy, was found hanging in his cell this morning at San Quentin State Prison. Wilson was pronounced dead at 6:47 a.m. He was single-celled.
Wilson was sentenced to death by a San Diego County jury on November 4, 1999, for the November 14, 1998, murder of Matthew Cecchi in an Oceanside park restroom.
Wilson was received onto California’s death row on November 9, 1999, with a death sentence for first-degree murder with special circumstances. On February 22, 2000, Wilson also began serving a life sentence from Los Angeles County for attempted first-degree murder.
Since 1978 when California reinstated capital punishment, 54 condemned inmates have died from natural causes, 19 committed suicide, 13 were executed in California, one was executed in Missouri and six died from other causes. As of November 17, 2011, there are 719 offenders on California’s death row.
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