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Taft Midway Driller - Taft, CA
  • Foul play not suspected in inmate death, TCI says

  • Inmate had arrived at TCI on July 29 to serve 60-month sentence
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  • Foul play is not suspected in the death of an inmate at the Taft Correctional Institution on Sunday prison spokesman Dale Patrick said.
    Stephen Merry, a citizen of the United Kingdom, was found by prison staff in his cubicle at the federal prison on Cadet Road at about 10:10 a.m., Patrick said.
    He was pronounced dead at the scene.
    Merry, 54, had been in Taft for just a few days.
    He was convicted of conspiracy to commit securities fraud in Alabama.
    He received a 60-month sentence on May 29 and arrived at TCI on July 29, Patrick said.
    No further information is being released at present, Patrick said, because the investigation is ongoing and an autopsy has not been performed.
     

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