- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 5, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The grandmother of a 19-year-old Utah State Prison inmate who killed himself in solitary confinement has filed a lawsuit.

According to the lawsuit, filed Tuesday, Brock Tucker’s death could have been avoided if he had spent less time alone in his cell. The lawsuit calls the solitary confinement cruel and unusual punishment.

According to the lawsuit, Tucker spent more than 154 days in solitary in one year.

Tucker died in his cell in October 2014, who months before he was scheduled to go before the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole. He was sent to prison in September of 2012, when he was 17, after violating the terms of his probation.

A Utah Department of Corrections spokesman stated Tuesday that the department does not comment on litigation.

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