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Police Rule Snake River Prison Death a Homicide

The inmate had been at SRCI since January 15th 2003 and had a release date in 2026.

Death investigation

(ONTARIO, Ore.) - An investigation into a suspicious death on May 12th at the Snake River Correctional Institution has been confirmed by the Malheur County District Attorney as a homicide. The Oregon State Police and the Malheur County District Attorney, working in cooperation with Oregon Department of Corrections, began the investigation after a deceased inmate identified as 61-year old James Ivan Briggs, was found deceased in his SRCI cell in Complex 1 on May 12th 2008 at approximately 6:52 AM. An autopsy was done May 14th at the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office in Clackamas confirming the cause of death as homicide by ligature strangulation. Investigators have confirmed there is a person of interest related to this case, but that name will not be released until the investigation is concluded at the direction of the District Attorney. Mr. Briggs was received in the Department of Corrections Intake center on December 13th 2002 out of Coos County for convictions of Sexual Penetration, Sodomy and Sex Abuse in the First Degree. He had been at SRCI since January 15th 2003 and had a release date in 2026. Questions related to SRCI and the deceased inmate can be directed to Ms. Amber Campbell, SRCI Public Information Officer, at (541) 881-5056. Further information will be released upon approval of the Malheur County District Attorney's Office.

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Linda Porter May 29, 2008 7:52 pm (Pacific time)

There is going to be more trouble at Snake River because of what changes are about to take place. I am worried about my loved once safety. Max Williams needs to stop it before someone else gets hurt.

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