MORRIS, Ill. — An Illinois inmate serving a life sentence in the slaying of an 11-year-old boy died Sunday after contracting the coronavirus, prison officials said.
Prison officials did not release any other information about Rice’s death, the television station reported.
According to the Illinois Department of Corrections, Rice had been an inmate since 1984 and was not eligible for parole until 2048, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Rice was originally sentenced for kidnapping and sexually assaulting an 11-year-old boy from Calumet City, the newspaper reported. In 2010, Rice pleaded guilty to the 1980 sexual assault and murder of Eddie Gulbransen, 11, of Oak Forest, the Tribune reported.