Officials investigate inmate death at Augusta State Medical Prison

The Augusta State Medical Prison (MICHAEL HOLAHAN/FILE)

Georgia prison officials are investigating the death of an inmate at Augusta State Medical Prison.

 

The Department of Corrections said in a news release Tuesday that a guard found Montra Moss, 39, unresponsive at 12:30 a.m. Monday. Prison medical staffers tried to revive him, but he was pronounced dead at 1:08 a.m.

The department says it is investigating the death, which is standard procedure. Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins said Tuesday that there was no indication of foul play . He took the body to Atlanta for an autopsy.

Unless the cause of death is obvious, it can take about three months to receive a full report on the autopsy, Collins said.

Moss was sentenced in 2017 for trafficking cocaine and possessing marijuana in Hall County.

This is the fourth death in Georgia prisons in just over a week.

Prison officials said last week that two inmates apparently committed suicide on Oct. 29, one at Phillips State Prison in Buford and the other at Wilcox State Prison in Abbeville. Another inmate died Oct. 31 at Hancock State Prison.

Staff writer Sandy Hodson contributed to this story.

 

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