Goose Creek Correctional Center inmate Walter Carter died Saturday, the state corrections department said, marking the first death of the year within the Alaska corrections system.
The 40-year-old’s death at the Mat-Su prison was not related to COVID-19, the corrections department said in a statement. Goose Creek has been dealing with the state’s largest COVID-19 outbreak, which led to multiple inmate deaths.
Early Saturday morning, correctional officers and medical staff started performing life-saving measures after Carter was found unresponsive in his cell, the corrections department said. Emergency responders arrived and Carter was pronounced dead less than an hour later, officials said.
The department does not suspect foul play in Carter’s death.
Carter was convicted of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor and fourth-degree assault and was projected for release in 2067, according to Gallagher.
Fourteen Alaska inmates died in 2020, and five of those deaths were related to COVID-19, according to a review of Department of Corrections notices.