Kentucky death row inmate convicted of murder dies at 75

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky inmate on death row for the 1983 rape and fatal stabbing of a 43-year-old woman has died under medical care, according to the state Department of Corrections.

Parramore Lee Sanborn, 75, died Monday night, corrections department spokeswoman Lisa Lamb said.

Sanborn was sentenced to death in 1984 in the slaying of Barbara Heilman.

The inmate was transferred from the Kentucky State Reformatory to an outside hospital on Nov. 20. Lamb declined to give a cause of death, citing medical privacy laws. Lamb said Sanborn had been transferred in 2016 from death row at the Kentucky State Penitentiary to the State Reformatory for unspecified medical needs.

Sanborn was convicted of murder, kidnapping, first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy in the killing of Heilman, a former Miss Henry County. Prosecutors said he stabbed the woman nine times outside her home, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) northeast of Louisville, The Courier-Journal reported at the time.

He was sentenced to three consecutive life prison terms totaling 285 years.

In 1988, the Kentucky Supreme Court reversed the murder conviction and ordered a new trial after the court found a commonwealth’s attorney “committed reversible errors,” the Courier-Journal said. During the 1991 trial, Sanborn received a death sentence on the murder charge in addition to three life sentences on the subsequent counts.

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