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* Frank Abilez Condemned Inmate Dies on Death Row of Natural Causes

California Department of Corrections Press Release

Condemned inmate Frank Manuel Abilez, 53, was found unresponsive in his cell this morning at San Quentin State Prison. Abilez was pronounced dead of natural causes at 10:49 a.m. He was single-celled.

He was sentenced to death by a Los Angeles County jury for the March 15, 1996, murder and sodomy of his 68-year-old mother Beatrice Abilez Loza, who was the mother of 10 children.

Since 1978 when California reinstated capital punishment, 57 condemned inmates have died from natural causes, 19 have committed suicide, 13 have been executed in California, one was executed in Missouri; and six died from other causes.  There are 724 offenders on California’s death row.

Abilez was convicted in Los Angeles County in 1997 of first-degree murder and sodomy for the murder of his mother, Beatrice Abilez Loza, in March 1996. The mother of 10 children, Loza, was found lying face down with a sock knotted around her neck, her pants pulled down and her shirt pulled up. An autopsy revealed she had been raped then killed.

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