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Man given longest non-life sentence in West Virginia dies

Michael Vega, 50, died Wednesday after serving less than a year of his 440 to 1,425 prison sentence. (WCHS/WVAH)

A man who was given the longest non-life sentence in West Virginia's history has died after serving less than a year in prison.

Michael Vega, 50, died Wednesday, according to Lawrence Messina, director of communications for the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety.

Messina said Vega was taken to the hospital Sunday after a medical episode. He died while hospitalized Wednesday.

Vega was being housed at the Mount Olive Correctional Center. He was sentenced in January in Cabell County Circuit Court to 440 to 1,425 years in prison. He was found guilty of 40 counts of sexual assault and abuse charges involving young victims.

Messina said they await further information from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

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