HOUTZDALE – Clearfield State Police are investigating the death of an inmate of SCI Houtzdale that has been ruled a homicide.
Garrick Bloom, 48, was found unresponsive in his cell on Aug. 29 at approximately 11:03 p.m., according to a press release from the prison.
Efforts were made to revive him, but he was declared dead.
Clearfield County Coroner Kim Shaffer Snyder said Wednesday that the cause of death was ligature strangulation and the manner of death was homicide.
District Attorney Ryan Sayers said it is believed another inmate killed Bloom and the investigation is ongoing.
Prison officials stated that Bloom was serving a 40 to 80-year sentence that began in October of 2019 after he was convicted of raping a child in Clarion County. He has been at SCI Houtzdale since Dec. 5.
Bloom was originally charged with over 800 counts of various offenses including statutory sexual assault, rape forcible compulsion, and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse from incidents in 2007, according to online court documents.
He pleaded guilty to five counts of rape of a child for which he received consecutive sentences.