- Associated Press - Saturday, October 29, 2016

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) - Iowa prison officials say an inmate at the Newton Correctional Facility has died of natural causes.

Officials say 66-year-old Ernest Marienous Christensen on Thursday. He was discovered unresponsive in his cell around 11:00 a.m. that day, and health service and security staff were unable to revive him.

An autopsy has determined that Christensen died of natural causes due to coronary artery disease.

Christensen was serving a 10-year sentence for third-degree sex abuse. His sentence began on July 2, 2013.

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