- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 5, 2014

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - The Oregon Corrections Department says a 31-year-old inmate at a state prison in Umatilla has died unexpectedly. He’s the second inmate to die unexpectedly at Two Rivers Correctional Institution in nine days.

Corrections spokeswoman Sherry Iles says inmate Damion Banks was taken by ambulance late Tuesday night from the prison to a local hospital. He was pronounced dead Wednesday.

The spokeswoman says that as with all unanticipated inmate fatalities, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is looking into the death.

Banks was serving time for convictions on multiple counts of rape and sexual abuse out of Washington and Clackamas counties. His earliest release date was March 2015.

Iles said last week that a 39-year-old inmate, Shane Morris, was found unconscious in his cell on the night of Jan. 27 and died less than an hour later at a hospital. Morris was convicted of sex abuse and sodomy in Umatilla County.

Two Rivers is a medium and minimum security prison housing about 1,800 inmates.

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