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PRESS RELEASE: Offender Dies at Washington State Penitentiary

Released March 19, 2015

Contact Jeremy Barclay , (360) 515-6661

DOC Communications

WALLA WALLA — An offender unexpectedly died March 18 at the Washington State Penitentiary. As is standard procedure, the Department of Corrections is investigating the death.

At about 7:40 a.m. Michael Chadd Boysen, 28, had returned to his cell after a taking a shower when he lost consciousness. Staff attempted life–saving measures, but Boysen was pronounced dead at approximately 8:10 a.m.

Boysen had served 16 months of a life sentence without the possibility of parole for two King County first–degree murder convictions.