Goose Creek Correctional Center in Wasilla. (Courtesy photo / Alaska Department of Corrections)

Goose Creek Correctional Center in Wasilla. (Courtesy photo / Alaska Department of Corrections)

Goose Creek inmate dies

It’s the first inmate death of 2021

An inmate at Goose Creek Correctional Center died on Saturday, the Department of Public Safety reported Sunday.

Walter Brian Carter, 40, of Coffman Cove, was found unresponsive in his cell Saturday morning at about 1:37 a.m. at the Matanuska Valley correctional facility.

Correctional officers and medical staff performed life-saving measures until emergency responders arrived, and EMS pronounced Carter dead at about 2:24 a.m., according to a Saturday press release from Alaska’s Department of Corrections. Carter’s body has been sent to the State Medical Examiner’s office for autopsy.

Carter had been in DOC custody since Jan. 9, 2018 and was convicted of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor and fourth-degree reckless assault. Carter’s projected release date was 2067.

Carter is the first inmate to die in DOC custody this year, according to the DOC press release. The death is not COVID-19 related, and next of kin have been notified.

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