UPDATE/UMATILLA, OR - The Oregon Corrections Department says a 31-year-old inmate at a state prison in Umatilla has died unexpectedly. He's the second inmate to die unexpectedly at Two Rivers Correctional Institution in nine days.
Corrections spokeswoman Sherry Iles says inmate Damion Banks was taken by ambulance late Tuesday night from the prison to a local hospital. He was pronounced dead Wednesday.
The spokeswoman says that as with all unanticipated inmate fatalities, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is looking into the death.
Banks was serving time for convictions on multiple counts of rape and sexual abuse out of Washington and Clackamas counties. His earliest release date was March 2015.
Iles said last week that a 39-year-old inmate, Shane Morris, was found unconscious in his cell on the night of Jan. 27 and died less than an hour later at a hospital. Morris was convicted of sex abuse and sodomy in Umatilla County.
Two Rivers is a medium and minimum security prison housing about 1,800 inmates.
UMATILLA, OR - A Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) inmate died unexpectantly Wednesday afternoon. As with all unanticipated deaths of state prison inmates, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation.
At approximately 11:53 p.m. on February 4, 2014, 31-year-old Damion Banks was transported by ambulance to a local hospital. He was pronounced deceased at 12:08 pm Wednesday, February 5, 2014.
Banks entered Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) custody on June 8, 2010, on three counts of rape III, one count of rape I, two counts of sexual abuse, and one count of child sex out of Washington and Clackamas Counties. His earliest release date was March 2015.
Next of kin has been notified. DOC will release more details when the investigation is completed.
TRCI is a medium and minimum security facility in Umatilla that houses approximately 1,800 men in custody. It provides a range of correctional services and programs, including education, treatment programs, pre-release and transitional services, and work opportunities. TRCI opened in March 2000.