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Man convicted in California marijuana farm murder commits suicide

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - A man who was serving a life sentence for killing a worker at his California marijuana farm has died following an apparent suicide attempt at a federal prison in Indiana.

The Bureau of Prisons says 35-year-old Mikal Xylon Wilde was found unresponsive Sept. 22 in his cell in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Vigo (VEE'-goh) County Coroner Susan Amos says Wilde apparently hanged himself in his cell. He was pronounced dead Sept. 26 at a local hospital.

The Kneeland, California, man was sentenced to life in prison plus 35 years in 2015 on murder and drug trafficking convictions.

Prosecutors said Wilde opened fire in August 2010 on immigrants he'd hired to work at his marijuana farm after they quit and demanded payment.

Mario Roberto Juarez-Madrid, a Guatemalan father of two, was killed.

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