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Inmate Death Being Investigated as Apparent Suicide

Gregory C. Dozier
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July 16, 2018

Inmate Death Being Investigated as Apparent Suicide


FORSYTH, Ga. – The Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) is investigating the death of an inmate at Valdosta State Prison in Valdosta, Ga.


On July 14 at approximately 8:15 p.m., Correctional Officers found inmate Herman Galeno (GDC #1289986) unresponsive in his cell. Prison medical staff responded and administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation and at 8:27 p.m., Emergency Medical Services arrived. Galeno was pronounced deceased 8:38 p.m. by Emergency Medical Services. The Coroner was notified at 8:40 p.m. and at 10:31 p.m., the Georgia Bureau of Investigations arrived at the facility. GDC is conducting an investigation into the death, as standard procedure.


Galeno was sentenced to 20 years in Cobb County for armed robbery, with a maximum release date of 2027. Further information can be found on the GDC website at







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