Hector Amezcua/ hamezcua@sacbee.com

Steven Duran holds pictures of Joseph Duran with his ex-wife Elaine Duran as they talk about the death of their son Joseph Duran at their home in Whittier, Calif., on Friday, January 10, 2014. James died at Mule Creek State Prison in September. His parents would not learn until Jan. 8 – when a Sacramento Bee reporter called to ask questions – that their son had died in prison and that his body was cremated 17 days later. Joseph Duran’s ashes were scattered at sea off the Marin County coast, according to a death certificate on file at the Amador County clerk’s office.

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