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Inmate at state prison in Buckeye dies from apparent suicide

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Posted at 3:40 PM, Jan 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-12 17:40:00-05

BUCKEYE, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say an Arizona inmate at the state prison in Buckeye has died from an apparent suicide.

Arizona Department of Corrections officials say 44-year-old Jason Dean died after prison staff discovered him unresponsive in his cell at the Lewis complex on Jan. 6.

They say Dean hanged himself.

Responding paramedics transported Dean to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Dean was sentenced out of Pima County for first-degree murder in 2005.

Corrections officials say all inmate deaths are investigated in consultation with the county medical examiner's office.