Prison inmate commits suicide


By Nick Grube

Triplicate staff writer

Correctional officers at Pelican Bay State Prison discovered an inmate dead in his cell early Wednesday morning.

According to a press release from the facility, inmate Jose Alberto Dubon was found hanging from a cloth noose tied to the ventilation grid in his cell.

The 36-year-old Dubon was found hanging in his cell at 2:19 a.m. Wednesday. When Pelican Bay staff found him they administered CPR but were unable to revive Dubon. He was pronounced dead at Sutter Coast Hospital at 3:07 a.m.

This is the first suicide in over a year, according to Pelican Bay's Public Information Officer Lt. Ken Thomas.

andquot;It's a fact of prison life,andquot; Thomas said about inmates taking there own lives. However, he said, inmates typically will tell officers if they intend to kill themselves.

andquot;In this case the individual gave no indication that he was going to take his life,andquot; Thomas said.

Dubon, who was serving a life term for attempted car jacking, possession of a firearm and murder, has been incarcerated since 1996. He was housed in Pelican Bay's general population since April 2003.

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