2 inmates from Multnomah County die in state custody
A pair of prisoners from Multnomah County have died while in state custody, according to a new report.
The Oregon Department of Corrections says inmate Lincoln William Charles Baker died on the morning of Friday, Jan. 11 while incarcerated at Oregon State Penitentiary.
He was convicted on multiple counts of second-degree burlgary in 2016, and could have been released no earlier than Aug. 22, 2019.
Baker was 59, and passed away in an infirmary while receiving hospice care.
The DOC also reports that Willam Palmer Heyser died Thursday, Jan. 10 while behind bars at Snake River Correctional Institution.
Heyser, a long-time taxi driver for Rose City Cab, was convicted of first-degree manslaughter in 2016. According to court documents, Palmer killed his cousin with a shotgun during a dispute over a stolen ring. Heyser said it was an accident.
Heyser, 55, died at a nearby hospital. His nearest release date was March 27, 2033.
Next of kin have been notified in both cases, and the Oregon State Police and Medical Examiner will investigate in order to determine the cause of death.