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Initial prison probe of inmate’s death finds no wrongdoing

First Published Apr 15 2014 08:19 am • Last Updated Apr 15 2014 08:56 am

Utah Department of Corrections officials on Tuesday confirmed that investigators believe a state prison inmate’s death resulted from injuries he sustained in an earlier suicide bid.

David Finch, 35, was found hanging in his Washington County Jail cell on April 8. He died a week later, being declared dead Sunday morning at Dixie Regional Medical Center.

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Finch had been serving prison time for four third-degree felonies, including attempted forcible sexual abuse, two counts of burglary, and one count of attempted burglary of a dwelling. He also had been convicted of a class B misdemeanor for simple assault, DOC spokesman Steve Gehrke said.

Gehrke said the official cause of death, and the circumstances surrounding it, remained under investigation. Initial results, however, point to suicide and have not identified any procedural shortcomings by jail staff.

DOC often contracts with county jails to house state inmates.

remims@sltrib.com

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