A Spring Creek Correctional Center inmate serving a 498-year sentence for killing two people and injuring three was pronounced dead at Seward Providence Medical Center on Saturday, according to a Monday press release from the Department of Corrections.
DOC Public Information Officer Sarah Gallagher said in an email that Christopher Rogers, 41, was found unresponsive in his housing mod at the Seward maximum security facility Saturday. Correctional officers and DOC medical staff performed life-saving measures until EMS arrived and transported him to the hospital.
The cause of death will not be determined until an autopsy is performed by the Medical Examiners Office in Anchorage, Gallagher said.
Rogers was pronounced dead at the hospital at approximately 2:15 p.m. on Saturday. Next of kin have been notified.
Rogers has been in DOC custody since Dec. 3, 2007 and was serving a 498-year sentence for one count of first-degree murder, one count of attempted murder in the first degree, two counts of second-degree murder, two counts of first-degree assault, one count of first-degree vehicle theft, one count of second-degree vehicle theft, one count of cruelty to animals and two counts of violating conditions of release.
Rogers is the fourth inmate to die while in DOC custody this year.
Rogers was not being treated for COVID-19 at the time of his death, Gallagher said.