MICHIGAN CITY | The death of a 23-year old Indiana State Prison inmate is under investigation.
Prison spokesperson Pam James would not reveal if there was anything suspicious about the death because of the ongoing probe but investigations are conducted whenever offenders so young without a history of major illness suddenly die.
James said Dillian Fairres was found by a correctional officer at 9 p.m. Aug. 28 in his cell and not breathing.
Emergency responders came in and after lifting him up Fairres started breathing on his own.
James said Fairres was taken to the prison's medical services unit where he became alert and was talking to staff members, but a few hours later was found again not breathing.
Life-saving efforts were attempted and he was transported to nearby Franciscan St. Anthony Health where he was pronounced dead, said James.
Fairres was serving a 40-year sentence for rape out of St. Joseph County.