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Inmate Death Under Investigation

Commissioner: 
Timothy C. Ward
Director of Public Affairs: 
Joan Heath
Contact Name: 
Joan Heath
Contact Email: 
Joan.Heath@gdc.ga.gov
Date: 
June 16, 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 Valdosta State Prison in Valdosta, Ga., as a suspected homicide.

Agents have reason to believe offender Orvonta Tillman (GDC#1000498085) died as a result of injuries sustained during an altercation involving another inmate on June 15.  Emergency Medical personnel responded and life saving measures were performed. Tillman was pronounced deceased at the facility by the County Coroner at approximately 1:00 a.m., June 16.  GDC, in conjunction with the GBI is conducting an investigation into the death, as standard procedure.

Tillman was sentenced to twenty years in 2011, in Gwinnett County for Armed Robbery and Kidnapping.

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