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Inmate Death Being Investigated as Apparent Suicide

Gregory C. Dozier
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August 29, 2018

Inmate Death Being Investigated as Apparent Suicide


FORSYTH, Ga. – The Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) is investigating the death of an inmate at Coastal State Prison in Savannah, Ga., as an apparent suicide.


On August 29 at approximately 5:34 a.m., Correctional Officers found inmate Carl Sanford (GDC #485134) unresponsive in his cell. Medical units and EMS were called. Sanford was pronounced deceased at 6:05 a.m. by Emergency Medical Services. GDC is conducting an investigation into the death, as standard procedure.


Sanford was sentenced to 20 years in Gordon County for burglary, with a maximum release date of 2024.







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