Robert Kronsberg, who brutally murdered James Island woman in 2013, kills self in prison

Robert Kronsberg (Al Cannon Detention Center)

A South Carolina man sentenced to life in prison for brutally murdering his girlfriend in 2013 has been found dead in his prison cell.

S.C. Dept. of Corrections officials confirm 35-year-old Robert Tilghman Kronsberg of James Island was found dead in his cell at the Broad River Correctional Institution in Columbia last week.

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Corrections Department spokesman Jeff Taillon said it appears Kronsberg killed himself Dec. 6. The Richland County coroner has not released a cause of death yet.

Taillon said records show Kronsberg had no escape attempts or disciplinary actions.

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He was sentenced to life in prison in 2014 for the stabbing death of 25-year-old Tasha Lucia.

Police said Kronsberg strangled Lucia before hitting her with a hammer and stabbing her 15 times on Feb. 10, 2013.

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