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Inmate Death Being Investigated as Apparent Suicide

Timothy C. Ward
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Joan Heath
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May 28, 2019
Inmate Death Being Investigated as Apparent Suicide

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

On May 26, at approximately 11:30 a.m., Correctional Officers found inmate Astair Holmes Jr. (GDC#1001378261) unresponsive in his cell.  Emergency Medical Services were called and life saving measures were performed.  Holmes was pronounced deceased by the facility physician at approximately 12:10 p.m.  GDC is conducting an investigation into the death, as standard procedure. 

Holmes maximum release date was 2025.


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