Utah man who killed his wife on Alaska cruise in front of children found dead in prison cell


A Utah man who was sentenced to 30 years in prison for beating his wife to death on an Alaska cruise in 2017 was found unresponsive in his Juno prison cell on Wednesday, a report said.

Fox13Now reported that corrections officers at Lemon Creek Correctional Center do not suspect foul play and that the death was not related to COVID-19.

Kenneth Manzanares, 43, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in connection with the murder of Christie Manzanares aboard the Emerald Princess last year.

Prosecutors said the pair got into a heated argument in front of their daughters inside a cabin. He told her that she wanted a divorce and that she should get off the cruise when the ship reached Juno.

Prosecutors said Kenneth Manzanares ordered his daughters to leave the room. But when the girls heard their mother’s scream, they tried to go inside again. The door was closed, so the girls turned around on an attached balcony and watched their father “slam Christy on the bed, slamming her on the head with a clenched fist.”

Her two brothers and father “arrived on the scene and saw Kenneth Manzanares grab Christie’s body and drag her to the balcony. One of Christie’s brothers grabbed her ankles and dragged her back to the cabin,” Prosecutors said, According to affiliate. He confessed to the crime of second degree murder.

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Fox13Now reports that Kenneth Manzanares just completed a few weeks of his sentence. He was found unresponsive at 6:59 am and declared dead at 7:42 am, when the respondents tried to revive him.

LBL’ Michael Ruiz contributed to this report

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