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Fla. prison inmate death under investigation

9:08 AM, Oct 5, 2012   |    comments
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida law enforcement authorities are investigating the September death of an inmate housed at a north Florida prison.
    
The Department of Corrections acknowledged Thursday that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement was looking into a death that occurred at Union Correctional Institution in Raiford.
    
A spokeswoman for the agency said that the investigation was checking into whether excessive use of force had contributed to the death. The department plans to hold a news conference at the prison on Friday to discuss the investigation.
    
The department did not release the name of inmate but the Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald reported that the dead inmate was Frank Smith and had served most of a 16-year sentence for carjacking and assault convictions in Miami-Dade County.

Associated Press

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