Michael Allen Jauhola, facing the death penalty for beating a fellow inmate to death with a baseball bat in 1998, died Wednesday at the Idaho Maximum Security Institution, the Idaho Department of Correction reports.
Jauhola, 41, had been in the prisons medical unit since May because of an extended illness, according to a news release. The Ada County Coroner will perform an autopsy to verify the cause of death, officials said, calling that standard procedure.
The inmate had been in the prison south of Boise since 1994. He was initially sentenced to 12 years in prison for stabbing a 17-year-old rival gang member to death in Caldwell. According to court documents, he fled from the Canyon County jail while awaiting sentencing for voluntary manslaughter, and was later sentenced to five years for escape.
While serving those terms, Jauhola was sentenced to death for the first-degree murder of inmate John Williams.