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story.lead_photo.caption Harrison Flanery

A 48-year-old man sentenced to prison in 2014 died after being found unresponsive in his barracks Sunday afternoon, authorities said.

Harrison Flanery is the second inmate to die at the Tucker Unit this month. Two other inmates have also died this month at the nearby Maximum Security Unit, which is also in Tucker.

Solomon Graves, a spokesman for the Arkansas Department of Correction, said Flanery was found unresponsive during a security check and was pronounced dead less than half an hour later.

Arkansas State Police and the Department of Correction are both investigating the death. Graves said "all possible causes are being looked into," but all four deaths at the two units remain open cases.

Flanery was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2014 on a charge of first-degree sexual assault out of Greene County, records show.

On Oct. 14, William Turner, 46, died a short time after being found unresponsive in his barracks at the Tucker Unit. On Oct. 21, David Mulkey, 49, died after being found unresponsive in his cell at the Maximum Security Unit. Four days later at the same prison, Dan Shelton, 54, died a short time after being found unresponsive.

In August, five prisoners died at the prison agency's Varner Unit over four days, and officials said at the time that those deaths were believed to be drug-related.


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  • 0boxerssuddenlinknet
    October 29, 2018 at 2:54 p.m.

    how are the drugs smuggled in ?

  • MaxCady
    October 29, 2018 at 4:34 p.m.

    Thanks for freeing up the bed space!! The dirty little secret of most prisons is the guards are easily corruptible.

  • AnonymousinAR
    October 29, 2018 at 5:49 p.m.

    Not a dirty little secret... a dirty big reality that ADC refuses to address. Asa needs to drain the ADC swamp!!!

  • ZeebronZ
    October 29, 2018 at 7:02 p.m.

    I'm beginning to think ADC is culpable. They must be facilitating this epidemic. That's the only thing that makes sense. Rats aren't bringing it in through the sewers. Or are they?

  • itryed
    October 29, 2018 at 7:55 p.m.

    Asa IS the swamp