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Authorities: Virginia Supermax inmate dead, apparent suicide

January 17, 2018

POUND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Department of Corrections says a maximum security inmate convicted of murdering two men when he was 16 has died of an apparent suicide.

The Richmond Times Dispatch reports 20-year-old Jordyn M. Charity died Jan. 7 at Red Onion State Prison. Charity was serving a 168-year sentence for two counts of murder and related firearm charges for the shooting deaths of 21-year-old Donivan K. Walker Jr. and 20-year-old Kenneth Wilson.

Charity’s official cause and manner of death weren’t available from the state medical examiner’s office Wednesday.

Officials say Red Onion, which was built in 1998 as the state’s first “super-max” prison, has reduced its use of solitary confinement since 2011. But the Charlottesville Legal Aid Justice Center says it still receives inmate complaints.

It’s unclear if Charity was in solitary confinement.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.richmond.com

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