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Arizona Inmate Housed in Oklahoma Prison Dead in Apparent Suicide

An Arizona prison inmate, being housed in a private prison in Hinton, Oklahoma, is dead after apparently taking the easy way out, rather than completing his sentence.

Officials at the Arizona Department of Corrections tell New Times inmate Patrick Ross was found dead in his cell around 7:50 a.m. yesterday.

Responding Medical teams tried to revive Ross but were unsuccessful.


DOC officials wouldn't say how Ross killed himself only saying he died "after apparently committing suicide." 

Ross was serving a 13-year sentence -- at a private prison run by Cornell Companies --  for an armed robbery he committed in Maricopa County.

Ross began his sentence in December 2009 and ended it -- apparently on his own terms -- yesterday.

DOC is investigating the death.  

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