Inmate at Ely State Prison dies

A 53 year-old Ely State Prison inmate died Tuesday, Nevada Department of Corrections officials said Wednesday.

Paul Skinner was found unresponsive in his cell, and prison medical staff tried to save his life until emergency responders arrived. He was pronounced dead at William Bee Ririe Hospital in Ely, officials said.

Skinner was serving five years to life with the possibility of parole for sexual assault, 15 years for attempted sexual assault and 15 years for robbery. He had been incarcerated in Nevada since 1997.

An autopsy will be conducted.

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