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Orlando Office Shooter Dies in Florida Prison

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Posted at 9:48 PM, Apr 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-05 17:52:49-04

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -A man who fatally shot a former co-worker and wounded five others in a downtown Orlando office building five years ago has died in prison.

A spokesman with the Florida Department of Corrections says Jason Rodriguez died Tuesday morning while at the Columbia Correctional Institution-Annex.

DOC spokesman Alberto Moscoso says a medical examiner will determine the cause of death. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement also is investigating.

Rodriguez was convicted of killing his co-worker, but an appellate court ordered a new trial because the judge in the case mistakenly allowed the jury to hear certain instructions before deliberating.

Last December, Rodriguez made a surprise plea of no contest to second-degree murder.

Prosecutors had said that Rodriguez shot his colleagues out of anger that he wasn't getting unemployment benefits.