Crime & Courts

Anchorage inmate found unresponsive in cell dies 2 days later in hospital

A 27-year-old inmate died Monday at Alaska Regional Hospital, two days after he was found unresponsive in his cell at the Anchorage Correctional Complex, according to the Department of Corrections.

Staff and corrections officers found Aaron Lamont unresponsive around 5:50 a.m. Saturday and began lifesaving measures before he was transferred to the hospital, the department said in an online statement.

The DOC does not suspect foul play in Lamont’s death, but it will be reviewed by Alaska State Troopers and the Medical Examiner’s Office, standard procedure for inmate deaths. DOC did not immediately specify what caused Lamont’s death.

Lamont had been in custody since April on charges of parole violation and third-degree criminal mischief. He had most recently served time for vehicle theft, driving under the influence and failing to stop for an officer in 2017. Lamont was on parole for those charges when he was most recently arrested, according to court records.

Lamont is the sixth inmate to die in custody this year. Most recently, Zenon Habros, 61, died in June at the Nome Correctional Complex after he was found unresponsive in his cell.

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Tess Williams

Tess Williams is a reporter focusing on breaking news and public safety. Before joining the ADN in 2019, she was a reporter for the Grand Forks Herald in North Dakota. Contact her at