The Utah man was recently sentenced to 30 years in prison for murdering his wife on a cruise ship, who was found dead in his Alaska prison cell last week, officials said.
Kenneth Manzanares, 43, was found unresponsive at about 7:15 a.m. Wednesday at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center in Juneau and was pronounced dead shortly after, according to the Alaska Department of Corrections.
Officials did not reveal the cause of Manzanares’ death, but said there was no suspicion of foul play. Officials said COVID-19 was also not a factor.
Manzanares was sentenced in early June after pleading guilty to second-degree murder for brutally beating his wife Christie Manzanares in front of their two daughters on the Emerald Princess in 2017.
Prosecutors said the former couple were in their cabin on the second night of the family trip when Christie said she wanted a divorce and asked her husband to get off the ship in Juno and go back home.
After ordering the children to an adjoining room with relatives, the father was seen repeatedly punching the mother of three in the head by the daughters.
Family members called security and then Kenneth saw Christie’s body being dragged toward the balcony and intervened.
Officials said Christie could not be revived by the ship’s emergency crews.
Her death was ruled a murder by blunt force trauma to her head and face, and her husband was arrested the next day at the port.
post with wires