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Updated Oct 21, 2013 - 5:29 pm

AZDOC: Inmate serving life sentence found dead

PHOENIX -- An inmate serving a life sentence was found dead in his cell Monday, the Arizona Department of Corrections said.

It is believed that Todd Hoke, 22, committed suicide.

Todd Hoke was imprisoned in 2010 after being convicted of the 2007 murder of 17-year-old Amber Hess.

Hoke was found guilty of first-degree murder for killing Hess and leaving her burned body in a desert area near Florence, Ariz.

Hoke's death is under investigation.

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More on what you do (at work): I put up with Mac & Gaydos every day as well as writing and anchoring newscasts and doing some reporting. I also produce Silent Witness which airs every Monday morning.

Education: I started in radio during high school and kept with it. I also graduated from modeling school, but quickly realized it isn't what I love to do…radio is.

Family: Married. One pet…a cat named Molly (but she thinks her name is Princess).

Favorite food: I love anything cheesy or chocolatey.

Favorite spot in Arizona: Our family cabin in Strawberry.

Favorite news memory: Too many to list but I remember one time I helped rescue a litter of puppies found in a hole on an empty lot…

Favorite movie: I like too many to list any one as a favorite. I don't like sad movies so my LEAST favorite is Marley & Me!

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First concert: Rick Springfield at the Arizona State Fair in 1981.

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