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Utah State Prison inmate dies after being found hanging in cell

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Posted at 5:39 PM, Oct 19, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-19 19:39:00-04

DRAPER, Utah – An inmate at the Utah State Prison died in a hospital Sunday after he was found hanging in his cell early Saturday morning.

According to a press release from prison officials, Allen Earl Davies, 67, was found hanging in his cell around 2 a.m. Saturday. The man was the sole occupant of the cell and the press release described the incident as a suicide.

Medical personnel began giving the man CPR and were able to establish a pulse before Davies was transported to an area hospital.

The release states the man died at 2:17 a.m. Sunday and that his body was subsequently turned over to the Utah State Medical Examiner’s Office for an investigation—which is standard procedure.

According to the press release: “Davies was convicted of sexual abuse of a child, a second-degree felony, in January 2002. He was sentenced to 1-to-15 years in prison. Davies was paroled in July 2006 but was returned to custody on a parole violation in April 2007. Davies was paroled a second time in June 2011 but a month later had his parole revoked and returned to prison. In June 2012, the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole gave Davies a release date of 2019.”