Region 8 Inmate Dies in Custody

June 10, 2003
Posted at: 5:28 p.m. CDT

LEE COUNTY, Ark. -- Arkansas corrections department officials say the death of a Region 8 inmate was an accident.

The victim, 39-year-old James Peterson, broke his neck yesterday when the horse he was riding reared and threw him off.

Peterson was bringing horses out of a barn for the day's work assignments at the prison unit near Brickeys in Lee County.

A corrections spokesperson says Peterson had worked in the horse stables for most of the time of his incarceration, and was considered an experienced rider.

Peterson was serving a five-year sentence for theft out of Fulton County.