Authorities: State prison inmate in Safford dies

Barry Wilkins

Credit: Arizona Department of Corrections

Barry Wilkins

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by The Associated Press

azfamily.com

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 29 at 6:57 AM

SAFFORD, Ariz. (AP) -- Authorities say an inmate at the state prison in Safford is dead and it appears to be a suicide.
 
Arizona Department of Corrections officials say 55-year-old Barry Wilkins was found unresponsive Wednesday morning by prison personnel at the Fort Grant unit.
 
They say staff began lifesaving measures that were continued by paramedics upon their arrival.
 
Medical personnel later pronounced Wilkins dead.

Corrections officials say the death will be investigated in consultation with the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office.
 
Wilkins had been in the state prison system since September 2002.
 
He was sentenced out of Maricopa County on charges including burglary, theft, unlawful use of a means of transportation, criminal damage, forgery, fraudulent use of a credit card, criminal damage and resisting arrest.
 

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