Officials say man serving life sentence dies in prison

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A 74-year-old man serving a life term has died in a Lincoln prison.

State prison officials say Elijah Jones died just after 4 p.m. Monday at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln.

Television station KETV reports that officials have not said what caused of Jones' death, but acknowledged that Jones was being treated for a long-term medical condition.

Nebraska law requires a grand jury investigation anytime someone dies in state custody.

Jones had been in the prison system since 1983, when he was convicted of first-degree murder for the 1979 shooting death of Elijah Kelly in an Omaha club.

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