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Former Vermilion County prosecutor found dead in hotel

URBANA — The death of a former longtime Vermilion County prosecutor whose body was found in a hotel does not appear to involve foul play, Urbana police said.

Police Sgt. Joel Sanders said Larry Mills, 58, of Danville was found dead in bed Friday at a Sleep Inn by officers summoned after hotel employees reported Mills had not checked out of his room as scheduled, the News-Gazette reported.

Mills had checked into the hotel the previous night, Sanders said, and officers had to use a master key to enter his room when checking on Mills' well-being.

Mills had served in the Vermilion County state's attorney for 25 years over two stints, the first from 1980 until he entered private practice in 1989. Mills returned to the prosecutor's office in 1992, six years before he was appointed acting state's attorney when that officeholder, Michael Clary, was elected a circuit judge.

The Vermilion County board appointed Mills to be state's attorney in January 1999, but in May 2000 he lost in the Democratic primary and continued serving as an assistant state's attorney until 2008.

Mills was elected in November to the county board as a Democrat.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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