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Tri-City inmate dies in Walla Walla state prison cell

A 27-year-old Tri-City prisoner has died at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla. He was serving a five year sentence for convictions in Benton and Franklin counties.
A 27-year-old Tri-City prisoner has died at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla. He was serving a five year sentence for convictions in Benton and Franklin counties. AP file photo

A Tri-City inmate died after being found unresponsive in his cell at the Washington State Penitentiary last week.

The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin reports Keenan Michael Thomas, 27, was due to be released from prison in 2022.

Thomas began serving a five-year sentence in March after being convicted of violating domestic protection orders and two counts of assault in Benton and Franklin counties.

Prison staff and paramedics attempted lifesaving measures but he could not be revived.

A critical incident review and autopsy will be requested, the prison said.

Wendy Culverwell writes about local government and politics, focusing on how those decisions affect your life. She also covers key business and economic development changes that shape our community. Her restaurant column and health inspection reports are reader favorites. She’s been a news reporter in Washington and Oregon for 25 years.
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