A state prison inmate, formerly of Evansdale, has died of complications related to COVID-19.

According to an Iowa Department of Corrections news release, 77-year-old Richard Peters died early Sunday afternoon at a hospice unit at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Coralville. State officials said Peters had multiple pre-existing medical conditions and had been housed in the room due to chronic illness and COVID-19 complications.

Court records show Peters was sent to prison in 2014. He had been serving a special lifetime sentence for multiple convictions of second-degree sexual abuse from Black Hawk County. The victims were a six-year-old girl and a seven-year-old girl.

Documents indicate that Peters was also previously convicted of child sex abuse in 1988.

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