State Inmate Dies in Apparent Suicide at Brickeys Unit

JANUARY 8, 2007 - Posted at 11:22 a.m. CST

BRICKEYS, AR - A state prison inmate convicted of second-degree murder in Miller County was found hanged in his cell today.

Correction Department spokeswoman Dina Tyler says 54-year-old Stephen Partin was serving a 35-year sentence for his conviction in 1992.  Partin had been eligible for parole since October 1999, but had not been able to win his release.  Tyler says he was denied last March and would have been before the Parole Board on March 29 this year.

Tyler says Partin had shown no sign he was suicidal.

Partin was by himself in a maximum security cell at the East Arkansas Regional Unit and was found by a guard delivering breakfast at 4:35 a.m.  Tyler says Partin had been checked at 3:48 a.m. and was fine.

Partin was found with a bedsheet around his neck.

Arkansas State Police are investigating the Correction Department will do its own investigation.

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