A tragic chapter in local history closes as a Florida man who deliberately mowed down a New York State Trooper with his pickup truck, killing him in 2014, has died in prison.

The New York State corrections Department says 64-year-old Almond Upton died December 9 at Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannamora.

Upton killed Trooper Christopher Skinner as the 42-year-old was conducting a traffic stop on Interstate 81 between Hinmann’s Corners and Castle Creek.

New York State Police photo

Authorities say the Melrose, Florida man, who reportedly was on his way to see relatives in New York State, deliberately swerved and accelerated to 93 mph, crossing two lanes to deliberately run over Trooper Skinner.  Upton then ran into nearby woods, stripping off his clothing.  While being taken in for processing, Upton ranted to media gathered outside about being in a “time warp” and claimed to be Jesus Christ.

Upton was sentenced to life in prison without parole after being convicted of first degree murder.  He served a little over two years of his sentence.

Almond Upton [New York State Police photo][/caption]The cause of Upton’s death has not been released.