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Airway Heights inmate found dead

Wed., March 18, 2009, 3:56 p.m.

An inmate at Airway Heights Corrections Center was found dead early this morning.

George Tate, 63, was found unresponsive in his cell about 1 a.m., then pronounced dead at 1:25 a.m., according to the prison.

Tate, who was serving a sentence for a sex crime against a child, was scheduled to be released in March 2010, according to the prison.

Tate was first admitted to prison in 1967 on a carnal knowledge charge, according to the Washington Department of Corrections.

The charge carried a minimum 20-year sentence, and he went back to prison in November 1980 after being convicted of first-degree rape, prison records show.

That charge carried a 30-year sentence.

His cause of death is not yet known, prison spokeswoman Risa Klemme said.

“It’s an unexpected death,” Klemme said.

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