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Oldest U.S. death row inmate dead at 94

FLORENCE, AZ (WKOW) -- The oldest death row inmate in the U.S. has died of natural causes at age 94.

Viva Leroy Nash died late Friday at the Arizona Department of Corrections in Florence.

Nash was born in 1915 and had a criminal record dating to the 1930s.

He spent 25 years in prison for shooting a Connecticut police officer in 1947, and was sentenced to life in prison for shooting a man to death in Salt Lake City in 1977. But he escaped from a prison work crew in October 1982 and fatally shot a Phoenix coin shop sales clerk a month later.

Nash was sentenced to death for that crime.

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