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Inmate dies after an ‘altercation’ at the state prison in Gunnison

It’s the second apparent homicide at the Central Utah Correctional Facility in less than six weeks.

(Francisco Kjolseth | Salt Lake Tribune file photo) The "Hickory" wing at the Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison.

Authorities are investigating the apparent homicide of an inmate at the Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison.

According to the Utah Department of Corrections, William Fowers, 60, was involved in “an altercation” on Wednesday evening. He was taken to the prison’s infirmary, where he died a short time later.

His death is being investigated by the Utah State Bureau of Investigation.

According to the Department of Corrections, Fowers had spent “the majority of his time incarcerated” since he was convicted of aggravated kidnapping and sodomy on a child in 1986.

It was the second apparent killing at the prison in less than six weeks. The body of Dale Lee Rush was found in his cell on June 28, and is being investigated as a homicide. The corrections department has released no further information about his death.

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