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Inmate Death Under Investigation

Timothy C. Ward
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Joan Heath
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March 13, 2020

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 Hancock State Prison in Sparta, Ga., as a suspected homicide.

Agents have reason to believe offender Cesar Pastrana (GDC#1000914143) died as a result of injuries sustained during an altercation involving another inmate on March 13.  Medical personnel responded and life saving measures were performed.  He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased at 12:15pm by a hospital physician.  GDC, in conjunction with the GBI is conducting an investigation into the death, as standard procedure.

Pastrana was sentenced to Life in 2012, in Cobb County for Aggravated Child Molestation.


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