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Inmate Death Under Investigation

Gregory C. Dozier
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Joan Heath
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August 8, 2018

Inmate Death Under Investigation


FORSYTH, Ga.– Special Agents with the Georgia Department of Corrections’ (GDC) Office of Professional

Standards are conducting an investigation into the death of Valdosta State Prison inmate Joshua Roman on

August 8, as a suspected homicide.


Agents have reason to believe Roman died as a result of injuries sustained during an altercation involving

another inmate. Inmate Roman was pronounced deceased at the facility at 10:00 a.m. by the Lowndes County



Roman was sentenced in 2012 in Lumpkin County for child molestation, and had a maximum release date of




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