Inmate Death Reported This Morning at Area Correctional Center
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The Missouri State Department of Corrections is reporting an inmate death at a Saint Joseph correctional center.

A press release says authorities pronounced 59-year-old offender Jerry McGinnis dead at 9:15 this morning at the Western Reception, Diagnostic & Correctional Center.

McGinnis was serving a pair of seven-year sentences for possession of a controlled substance, a seven-year sentence for forgery, a seven-year sentence for distribution of a controlled substance, and a seven-year sentence for endangering the welfare of a child, all from Ray County.

The Missouri Department of Corrections received McGinnis in December 2016.

The Missouri Department of Corrections says McGinnis died of apparent natural causes.

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