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BOISE -- Prison officials launched an investigation after an inmate at the Idaho Maximum Security Institution south of Boise was found dead in his cell Wednesday evening.

Richard Damon Dominguez, 38, was found hanging by a correctional officer at 6:16 p.m. Prison staff called paramedics and tried to resuscitate Dominguez, but he was pronounced dead about 45 minutes later.

Idaho Department of Correction spokesman Jeff Ray said the death appeared to be a suicide. IDOC officials and the Ada County Sheriff s Office are investigating the circumstances of his death.

Dominguez had been convicted of aggravated battery and assault and battery on certain personnel in Kootenai County. He was scheduled to be released from prison Feb. 16, 2025.

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