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Inmate Death Under Investigation

Commissioner: 
Timothy C. Ward
Director of Public Affairs: 
Joan Heath
Contact Name: 
Lori Benoit
Contact Email: 
Lori.Benoit@gdc.ga.gov
Date: 
March 8, 2020
STATE OF GEORGIA

Inmate Death Under Investigation

FORSYTH, Ga. – Special Agents with the Georgia Department of Corrections’ (GDC) Office of Professional Standards are investigating the death of an inmate at Macon State Prison in Oglethorpe, Ga., as a suspected homicide.

Agents have reason to believe offender Rafael Blass (GDC#1262558) died as a result of injuries sustained during an altercation involving another inmate on March 7.  Prison medical personnel provided life saving measures to revive him and he was pronounced deceased at approximately 5:55 p.m by the county Coroner.  GDC, in conjunction with the GBI is conducting an investigation into the death, as standard procedure.

Blass was sentenced to twenty-five years in 2017, in Gwinnett County for Aggravated Child Molestation.

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