Inmate death being looked into

Off-site sudden death of inmate of Maskwacis institution being investigated

An in-custody death is being investigated by federal corrections personnel.

Back on Aug. 12, an inmate of the Pê Sâkâstêw Centre located in Maskwacis died while in the custody of the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC).

Jessi Phillip Loyie, 33, had been serving five year, four month sentence at the federal minimum security institution and was on a home visit when the death occurred, according to a release issued by the CSC.

Loyie had been in prison since May 20, 2014 after being convicted of possession of illegal drugs for the purpose of trafficking, unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted weapon, possession of a weapon contrary to a prohibition order and failure to comply with conditions of a recognizance.

Loyie’s next of kin have been notified and, as is the case in any inmate death, RCMP and the coroner have been notified with the CSC set to conduct a review of the circumstances surrounding the incident.

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