Convicted murderer found dead in cell

Nathaniel Duran

Guards at the New Mexico State Penitentiary in Santa Fe discovered the body of a Taos man convicted of murder in 2003 in his cell early Monday morning (Jan. 21).

Nathaniel Durán, 23, hanged himself with a bed sheet around 3 a.m. and was discovered in his maximum security cell as prison guards conducted a count. Joni Brown, state penitentiary deputy warden, said every effort was made to resuscitate Durán.

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Stanton Lore

Little doubt he would have continued his life of violent crime if not arrested for this rape/murder. In that respect, catching him at a young age saved lives and the pain victims' families endure when the killer is not identified for years or decades. Story is complete for the criminal justice system. The pain slowly fades for those who loved Marioara, but the void left by her death remains.

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