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Inmate's death reported 17 months later

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Updated: 8/25 11:58 am

DENVER (AP) — Colorado prison officials waited 17 months to report the death of a mentally ill inmate to state health officials, which has delayed an outside review into policies and procedures that may have led to the death that was videotaped by guards.

The Denver Post reported Monday that state health officials this summer launched an investigation into 35-year-old Christopher Lopez's death. Lopez suffered two seizures and died on a cell floor at San Carlos Correctional Facility on March 17, 2013.

Guards could be heard on video laughing and discussing their views on Wal-Mart.

Colorado Department of Corrections spokeswoman Adrienne Jacobson says Lopez's death wasn't reported because he didn't die in the clinic. Health officials say it must be reported because inmates get care in their cells or in the clinic.


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