84-year-old Maine State Prison inmate dies

Maine State Prison's main entrance in 2006.
John Clarke Russ | BDN
Maine State Prison's main entrance in 2006.
By Heather Steeves, BDN Staff
Posted Oct. 11, 2011, at 12:39 p.m.

WARREN, Maine — A Maine State Prison inmate died early Tuesday morning, according to the Maine Department of Corrections.

Officials would not release how Forrest Gerry, 84, of Biddeford, died.

Gerry had six months left to serve of a four-year sentence. He was serving consecutive two-year prison terms for violation of probation, and aggravated trafficking and unlawful possession of drugs.

The death happened around 4 a.m. and is being investigated by Maine State Police and the Maine medical examiner’s office. The medical examiner had no information on the death Tuesday and no autopsy was expected.

Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said Gerry died at a midcoast nursing home, where he had been staying.

There have been several inmate deaths at the state prison this year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

CORRECTION:

An earlier version of this story contained an error. According to an Associated Press report, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said Forrest Gerry died at a midcoast nursing home where he had been staying, not at the Maine State Prison.

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