Inmate Floyd Maestas dies of natural causes while on death row

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DRAPER, Utah (ABC4 News) – A death row inmate, convicted of killing a 72-year-old woman in 2004 has died of natural causes at the Utah State Prison. 

According to a press release by the Department of Corrections, 63-year-old Floyd Eugene Maestas died Sunday, Dec 2, of natural causes. 

Maestas has been incarcerated at the prison since being convicted and sentenced in 2008 for the brutal murder of Donna Bott. 

Police said he choked, stabbed and stomped on Bott and then later that same night he robbed an 86-year-old woman. 

Neighbors of Bott said he staked their friend out before killing her.

Maestas was known to have targeted elderly women in the 1970s and again in the 1980s after he was let out of prison and for the 3rd time in 2004, again just after being let out of prison. 

Maestas fought the death sentence and said he didn’t deserve to die because of his diminished IQ.

Maestas took his argument to the Supreme Court where his attorneys argued his trial was unfair because of his low intelligence. 

But the Utah Supreme Court upheld his conviction in 2012. 

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