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Inmate Charged in October 2020 WRDCC Death

An inmate faces a manslaughter charge from the Western Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center in Saint Joseph.

Court documents say 41-year-old Akwasi Sawyer faces a felony charge of first-degree involuntary manslaughter.

Records list that charge from October 10, 2020.

Sawyer reportedly assaulted fellow inmate 44-year-old, Christopher Balducci.

Reports say Balducci died November 2 as a result of injuries suffered during the reported assault.

The court denied Sawyer’s bond Thursday.


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