One of two men convicted of killing a southwest Missouri sheriff in the 1980’s has died.

The state Department of Corrections said Shelby Debler, 67, died Wednesday at the University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia after being taken there from Jefferson City Correctional Center.

Debler was originally sentenced to death for the 1987 murder of Cedar County Sheriff Charles LaRew, but his sentence was later changed to life without parole. His brother, Brent Debler, is serving a life sentence for second-degree murder for his role Sheriff LaRew’s death.

Corrections officials said Shelby Debler died of “apparent natural causes.”

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