State Prison Inmate Dies at Brickeys Unit

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The death of an Arkansas state prison inmate is under investigation.

It happened on Friday (Sept. 15, 2017) shortly after 10 p.m. at the East Arkansas Regional Unit in Brickeys (Lee County), according to an Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC) news release issued on Monday.

The release states that correctional officers found Anthony Howard, 50, unconscious in his single-man cell. Responding correctional officers and medical staff began emergency treatment. Howard did not regain consciousness and was pronounced dead at 10:35 p.m. He had been serving a 15-year sentence for Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Rape, Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Robbery, Aggravated Assault, and Possession of a Firearm by a Certain Person; all out of Sebastian County.
The ADC says Howard’s death has been referred to the State Police for investigation. Pursuant to Arkansas Code Annotated 12-12-315, notification of the death was also made to the local coroner and to the State Medical Examiner's Office. The Department of Correction will be conducting an internal investigation in to the circumstances surrounding the death. 

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