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Centre County Inmate Dies of Cardiac-Related Causes

by on June 12, 2014 6:15 AM

An inmate at the Centre County Correctional Facility died of natural causes last week after he was found unresponsive in his cell.

Clay Stoker, 51, of State College, was declared dead at 12:34 a.m. on June 3 at Mount Nittany Medical Center.

Scott Rawson, Centre County deputy coroner, says Stoker’s death was cardiac-related.

An autopsy was conducted and will results won't be available for at least a few weeks. Until the results come back, little information is known at this time.

County administrator Tim Boyde says Stoker had “a myriad of health problems” before arriving at the facility.

"Had he been in a situation where his health had deteriorated to the point of near death, he would have been transferred to a different facility," Boyde says.

Boyde says Stoker had been an inmate for about two weeks at the time of his death. Stoker was sent to prison after he was found driving under the influence. Stoker was sentenced to spend 90 days in the Centre County Correctional Facility, followed by nine months of house arrest, according to court records.

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Jessica Tully recently graduated from Penn State with degrees in journalism and political science. She is a frequent contributor to and has also reported for USA TODAY, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Onward State and The Daily Collegian.
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