Suicide At Supermax: Questions Swirl About Death Of Inmate Robert Knott
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From The Colorado Independent's Susan Greene.
As weeks go, the first one of September was especially tough for Fremont County Coroner Carlette Brocious.
Three residents of the 47,347-person county killed themselves in four days. That’s a record in her eight years in the office.
“Three people right in a row – it’s phenomenally high,” she says. “But, given the high number of prisoners we have here, it’s really not so many.”
One of the three suicides wasn’t prison related. Homer Yeager, an 82-year-old former public works director, shot himself in the head at his home on Willow Street in Cañon City on September 5. “He had years of medical problems,” Brocious said. “Unfortunately, he didn’t have a very good quality of life.”
On Sept. 8, Markus Owen, 56, hanged himself with a shoelace in his cell at the Arrowhead Correctional Center, a minimum security state prison in Cañon City. His cellmate was down the hall showering at the time.
Owen had been sentenced to eight years in prison
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