Paroled Reno Killer Arrested Day After Release

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Freedom was brief for a paroled Reno killer.

Robert Dean Ellsworth was arrested Wednesday for suspicion of drug trafficking, a day after he was released from prison on lifetime parole for a 1988 murder conviction.

Reno police said they received information that Ellsworth, 44, may be an armed robbery suspect. They said they found him at the Circus Circus Hotel Casino, where he had a room.

Lt. Ron Holladay said Ellsworth was shot with a Taser dart when he moved his hands toward his waistband, where officers found a loaded gun.

Methamphetamine was also found in the room, Holladay said.

Ellsworth pleaded guilty to first-degree murder for the 1988 killing of Chris Apostol, a pharmacist at Washoe Medical Center and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Two 17-year-old also were convicted.