The Washington Post

Death at state prison under investigat­ion


The death of an inmate found unresponsi­ve in his cell in a Virginia prison is under investigat­ion, according to Department of Correction­s officials.

Department spokesman Benjamin Jarvela said Anwar Phillips was found unresponsi­ve in his cell at Red Onion State Prison early on Jan. 3 and died, the Richmond Times-dispatch reported.

A cause of death had not yet been determined by the medical examiner.

The department’s internal police unit is investigat­ing Phillips’ death.

Investigat­ors have contacted the commonweal­th’s attorney’s office about the death, Jarvela said.

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