Died of cancer in prison - July 18, 2002
               Gerald Gallego
    Sentenced to Death in Nevada and California
"Gerald Armond Gallego passed away on July 18, 2002 in the medical facility of the Northern Nevada Correctional Center. He had been very ill for the past few months.  Gerald will be greatly missed by his true friends. May he have found the peace he was looking for."
                                    -  From a friend of Gerald "Jake" Gallego.
From The Sacramento Bee, Sacramento, California - July 20, 2002:

" Gallego died about 9 p.m. Thursday, a day after he turned 56, at the Regional Medical Facility of the Northern Nevada Correctional Center in Carson City, said Glen Whorton, assistant director for the department.   He had been on Nevada's death row since 1984,
his life spared by recent appeals. He was moved from the Ely prison to the prison hospital
in March when doctors found the cancer. Gallego made no last statements or confessions,
said Whorton, who declined to release any other details about his death."



My name is Gerald Gallego.  I am 54 years old and I will soon be starting my 21st year on Death Row.  I was arrested Nov 17, 1980, in Omaha, Neb.  I was returned
to California.  In 1983, I was convicted of murder and sentenced to Death.  I was then extradited to the State of Nevada.  On June 24, 1984, I was convicted of murder in the State of Nevada and sentenced to death.  I have been fighting the convictions and death sentences in both states through out all these years.  My family is all dead and gone.  All my friends somehow vanished after my arrest.  Over these 20 years, I have had very little to do with the outside world.  My appeals is starting to come to an end (both states) and I am looking for a friend.  I am looking for a person that is honest in words and sincere at heart.  Someone that will stand with me and befriend me until the end.  I'm not looking for a lot of friends - just one true one.  As you can see by my poor writing, my misspelling, etc, I am not a well educated man.  I don't know if I have anything to offer anyone.  I don't have anything to offer anyone except my friendship.  I guess what I'm trying to say is I just don't want to go down the road by myself anymore...I don't have any picture of myself...maybe you know someone that might want to write me. I am not very good at letter writing, and somedays are harder than others.  But I will try and be a very good penpal to someone.  Sincerely yours,

                 Gerald Gallego in a 1984 news photo                          Gerald Gallego in a 1999 prison photo

                   Gerald Armond Gallego  19735
                               Unit 3, A47
                              PO Box 1989
                               Ely Nevada
                               89301  USA

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