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Feb. 6, 2024Chillicothe, Mo. |  By: Jeremy Werner

Chillicothe inmate dies over the weekend

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CHILLICOTHE, Mo. - An elderly inmate at the women's prison in Chillicothe has died. According to the Missouri Department of Corrections, 78-year-old Barbara Banning died this past Sunday at the Chillicothe Correctional Center.

Banning was serving a 25-year sentence for the murder of her ex-husband in southern Missouri. In 2006, she pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and first-degree arson.

Banning poured gasoline on her ex-husband while he was sitting in a recliner recovering from knee surgery. She then lit a piece of newspaper on a stove and threw it at him. Neighbors put out the flames, but he died hours later.

The Department of Corrections reports Banning died of apparent natural causes.