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News Release from: Oregon Dept. of Corrections
Posted: September 7th, 2012 1:53 PM
 
Cause of inmate death at Oregon State Penitentiary confirmed
 
An investigation into last Thursday's death of a male inmate at the Oregon State Penitentiary (OSP) indicates the inmate took his own life and the cause of death was asphyxiation. The Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division and Marion County medical examiner investigated the incident.
 
On August 30, 2012 at approximately 4:16 p.m. inmate Scott Villegas, age 38, was pronounced deceased after he was seen by another inmate in his single cell hanging by a bed sheet. Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) staff was immediately notified and responded. Staff started emergency medical care and was joined by Salem Fire Department personnel in an attempt to revive Villegas until he was pronounced deceased.
 
Villegas entered DOC custody on Feb. 2, 2012, on one count of delivering heroin out of Multnomah County. His earliest release date was Dec. 31, 2012.
 
OSP is Oregon's oldest correctional institution. It houses approximately 2,000 adults in custody and is the state's only maximum security prison.
 
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Contact Info: Liz Craig
503-945-0930 (office)
971-600-6131 (cell)