RAHWAY, N.J. (AP) -- A New Jersey inmate serving time for killing his ex-wife and her lover has been found dead in his prison cell.

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NJ.com reports 57-year-old Nicholas Tejeda was found unresponsive in his cell just after 11 p.m. Sunday and was pronounced dead 30 minutes later.

Tejeda had been an inmate at East Jersey State Prison in Woodbridge since October 2007.

He was sentenced to 40 years in state prison -- 34 without being eligible for parole -- after pleading guilty to the 2004 slaying of his wife and her lover. He admitted to finding them naked in the bedroom of his Fairview home, making them kneel, facing each other, then fatally shooting both.

Last year, an appeals court agreed with a lower-court judge who ruled against Tejeda's request to have his sentence reduced.

Officials didn't disclose the circumstances in which he died. An autopsy will be conducted.


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