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Bowden reviewing prisoner’s death

Correction Service Canada will not be releasing any information on what led to an inmate’s death in hospital until a review is complete, a prison assistant warden said on Wednesday.

“The cause is under review,” said Rita Wehrle, assistant warden management services at the medium-security prison.

Wehrle said she could not comment on whether foul play was suspected.

“Circumstances are under review. As an investigation is underway we are not allowed to disclose the details.”

“All I can indicate is the police have been notified. The coroner’s office has been notified and that (Correctional Service Canada) will conduct a review of the circumstances.”

The report will probably take a few weeks, she said.

Corrections said Monday that Barry Bryan Schacker, 65, died in Innisfail’s hospital on Sunday.

Schacker had been serving a life sentence with no chance of parole for 10 years after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in March 2007.

The Thorhild farmer received an automatic life sentence for beating his wife to death with a crowbar in 2005.

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