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PRESS RELEASE: Inmate Dies of Apparent Suicide at Washington State Penitentiary

Released January 5, 2015

Contact Shari Hall, (509) 524-7716

Department of Corrections

WALLA WALLA – The Department of Corrections and local law enforcement are investigating the death of an inmate this morning at the Washington State Penitentiary as an apparent suicide.

At about 6:40 a.m. today correctional officers found Oscar Garcia-Pacheco, 34, unresponsive in his cell, where he was housed alone. Staff attempted life-saving measures, but he was pronounced dead at 7:22 a.m.

Garcia-Pacheco had served nearly four months of a 264-month sentence for a Snohomish County first-degree murder conviction.

Prison administrators are working together with the Walla Walla Police Department on the investigation.