Posted: Aug 23, 2013 1:31 PM by MTN News
Updated: Aug 24, 2013 12:29 AM
DEER LODGE - Cleveland Benjamin Boyer, an inmate at the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge, was found in his prison cell on Friday, and according to Montana State Prison spokeswoman Linda Moodry, he was then taken to a local hospital where he died just before 9 p.m.
Authorities have not yet released the manner or cause of death.
Boyer was sentenced earlier this year for deliberate homicide after being convicted in the shooting death of 21-year-old Danny Valenzuela at a Holiday gas station in Billings.
Boyer's death was described as "unexpected" and an autopsy will be performed by the state medical examiner.
He was serving a life sentence.