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March 24, 2019

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Officials investigate inmate death at Ely State Prison

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Paul Skinner

Ely State Prison

State corrections officials are investigating the death of an Ely State Prison inmate who was found unconscious inside his cell earlier this week.

Paul Skinner, 53, was discovered by prison staff on Tuesday. Medical personnel unsuccessfully tried to revive Skinner until paramedics rushed him to the William Bee Ririe Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Skinner was convicted of sexual assault, attempted sexual assault and robbery in Washoe County. He had been in prison since June 1997 facing a sentence of 15 years to life in prison.

An autopsy has been requested.

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