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Prison inmate serving 70-year sentence for killing brother dies, autopsy planned


DEER LODGE, Montana — A man convicted of shooting his brother to death in Missoula in 1980 has died at the Montana State Prison.

Prison spokeswoman Linda Moodry says 57-year-old Rory Johns was found unresponsive in his cell at 7:30 p.m. Monday. Prison medical staff responded and Johns was taken to the hospital in Deer Lodge, where he was later pronounced dead.

An autopsy is planned, but no foul play was suspected.

Johns was convicted of deliberate homicide in the December 1981 death of his brother, Larry Johns, at a residence in Missoula. Court records say Rory Johns had consumed about two six-packs of beer and taken several drugs — including narcotic pain medication, muscle relaxants and anti-anxiety medication — in the hours before shooting his brother with a semi-automatic rifle.

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