FIRST ON FOX: A convicted California killer whose death sentence Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon abandoned this fall has died in prison, according to the victim’s family.
Scott Forrest Collins was 21 when he robbed and shot Fred Rose, a 41-year-old father of three, “execution-style” in January 1992.
Gascon asked a judge to vacate Collins’ death sentence early last year, and he was removed from death row in San Quentin State Prison and transferred to the California Correctional Institution in September.
The death was confirmed by Rose’s daughter and her attorney Wednesday evening.
He died around Jan. 15, said Heather Scott, who was 12 years old at the time of her father’s murder. Autopsy results were pending, and she has not yet learned the cause of Collins’ death.
California prison records show the killer was no longer listed as in custody Wednesday evening. After his death sentence was vacated, he was given life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
State corrections officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
News of Collins’ death comes just days after the shooting murder of another Los Angeles criminal whose Gascon’s office went easy on.
A 17-year-old hit-and-run driver who admitted to speeding the wrong way down a backstreet in a stolen car and bowling into a mother walking her 8-month-old in a stroller was gunned down in Palmdale. He had served a sentence of just a few months at a probation camp last year.
Collins was out on parole for another armed robbery when he killed Rose.
He was later accused of attempting to harm and intimidate witnesses and Rose’s family before trial.
Rose’s wife never remarried, Scott previously told Fox News Digital, who said in February that she felt abandoned by prosecutors when Gascon announced his decision.
“My feeling was that the detectives and the police department, they sought justice, they wanted to know the truth,” she said of law enforcement back in the 1990s. “They wanted to make sure they had the right person, and they didn’t stop until they felt confident that they had him…