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.