Arizona Department of Corrections reports inmate death

Arizona Department of Corrections reports inmate death
Jason Dean, 44. (Source: Arizona Department of Corrections)

BUCKEYE, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The Arizona Department of Corrections has reported an inmate death from Jan. 6, 2021.

Inmate 44-year-old Jason E. Dean, 25, ADC #112850, died on January 6 from an apparent act of self-harm by hanging, according to officials.

Prison staff discovered him Wednesday evening unresponsive in his housing location. Responding paramedics transported him to the hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.

According to the Arizona Department of Corrections, his convictions include:

1995 -- Theft and attempted third-degree burglary in Pima County

1997 -- Theft and attempted aggravated assault in Pima County

2005 -- First-degree murder in Pima County. He was serving a life sentence

Dean returned to ADC in 2005 after he was sentenced out of Pima County for 1st degree murder.

He also has a long history of disciplinary infractions while in prison, according to the ADOC. The most recent charges were possession of a weapon, possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. The incident happened Dec. 5, 2020 and he was found guilty Dec. 23.

His assigned housing location was ASPC-Lewis.

All inmate deaths are investigated in consultation with the county medical examiner’s office.

Copyright 2021 KOLD News 13. All rights reserved.