State police probing death of prison inmate

Posted May 10, 2014, at 11:58 a.m.
Last modified May 10, 2014, at 5:17 p.m.
Phillip Kay
Department of Corrections
Phillip Kay

MACHIASPORT, Maine — State police are investigating the death of an inmate at the Downeast Correctional Facility, the director of the minimum security facility said Saturday.

The inmate, Phillip Kay, 32, died about 3:15 p.m. Friday, Department of Corrections officials announced later that day.

Scott Jones, director of the prison, said Saturday that Kay’s death is being investigated by state police.

A Corrections spokesman announced earlier the death was under review by state police and the medical examiner.

Kay had served approximately four years and seven months of a 12-year split sentence for elevated aggravated assault.

The Downeast Correctional Facility is a minimum security prison that houses about 150 inmates who have little time left to serve on their sentences.

It is located on the site of a former Air Force station on the outskirts of Bucks Harbor, a fishing village in the town of Machiasport.

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