SCI Houtzdale Reports Inmate Death

HOUTZDALE – State Correctional Institution at Houtzdale Superintendent Barry Smith has reported the death of inmate, Shane Savage.

According to GANT News partner WJAC-TV, Savage, 32, was found unresponsive in his cell just before 9 p.m. Sunday.

Officers and medical staff responded and started performing CPR on Savage. An ambulance was requested and arrived at the facility.  Savage, however, was pronounced dead at 9:50 p.m. at UPMC Altoona Hospital.

Clearfield-based state police will conduct a death investigation. The Clearfield County Coroner will determine the cause of death.

Savage was serving a five to 10-year sentence for an armed robbery in Lackawanna County, effective January of 2012. He’d been housed at SCI Houtzdale since June 10, 2014.

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