Two Arizona Prison Inmates Commit Suicide in One Weekend

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​The Arizona Department of Corrections media relations department has had a busy few days.

 Last week, there was an apparent shanking, which left one inmate dead. Within minutes of relaying that news to media outlets, prison officials were charged with explaining to the public how a different inmate escaped custody by stealing a government vehicle.

Today's headache for the DOC: suicides -- plural.


Two Arizona prison inmates apparently endured enough time at the big house and killed themselves over the weekend.

The first: 29-year-old Robert Medina.

Medina was serving a 15-year sentence for kidnapping and armed robbery. He was found unresponsive in his cell at the Eyman state prison near Florence and unable to be revived by prison medical staff.

The second: 26-year-old Anthony Lester, serving a 12-year sentence for aggravated assault at a state prison in Tucson. He died late Sunday after he was taken to a hospital.

We contacted DOC spokesman Barrett Marson to get more details on the apparent suicides, but he didn't immediately get back to us.

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6 comments
Realitypool
Realitypool

 You are sick to say that about someone who was loved by many people, honestly, who had a very hard time dealing with the death.  Maybe, if you feel love, someone in your life will eventually kill themselves and you will remember this moment and feel remorse.  You don't even know the whole story.

Mdugandemers
Mdugandemers

Rest in peace Anthony.

I just heard about this story today and I have known you for about five years. Anthony I will never forget you. The times we did spend together were always good ones. I will miss you forever and hope to see you soon one day.

Stephaniesr
Stephaniesr

No there not self inflicted. Its sad and far fetched but our correction officers have a lot to do with theses apparent suicides. I knew robert personally. I stick to my gut feeling when I say this is not an ordinary death.

Aprildaniel13
Aprildaniel13

R.I.P Robert C Medina. . I love u brothr n alwys knw tht you'll alwys b in our hearts. Mwah!!!

Aprildaniel13
Aprildaniel13

I believe tht the guards in prison hve smethng 2 do with robert medinas death . THIS WAS NOT A SUICIDE!!! The people in prison keep changing the story evrytime. They knw smethng we dnt knw. Why do u think the D.O.C nevr gave mre info on the sapposably suicides????? They should b having cameras evrywhere 2 keep an eye on evryone. ESPECIALLY SOLITAIRE!!!!

Stephaniesr
Stephaniesr

Its been a year since Robert Medina was killed in solitary confinedment yea you use your imagination. Note to all I will never forget and as long as im still breathing im going to search for the truth. R.I.P. Brother I love you always

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