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PRESS RELEASE: Inmate Dies after Sustaining Injuries at Washington Corrections Center

Released November 20, 2017

Contact Jeremy Barclay, (360) 515-6661

DOC Communications

SHELTON – Bryan Emmal, a medium-custody inmate at the Washington Corrections Center in Shelton, Wash., has passed away after sustaining injuries in his two-person cell. Emmal, 57, began serving a life sentence on September 8, 2017 for a conviction out of Thurston County for child molestation 1.

On Sunday, November 19, 2017, at approximately 9:50 p.m., Emmal was pronounced deceased at the Washington Corrections Center. Following protocol, upon observing Emmal, staff called for an ambulance and started life-saving procedures.

Mr. Emmal’s cellmate, Daniel Porter, 28, was placed in handcuffs, without incident, and secured in the facility’s intensive management unit (IMU), pending investigation. Porter, a medium-custody inmate, began serving a 15-month sentence on October 19, 2017 after being convicted of burglary 1 in Pierce County. His expected release date was March 4, 2018.

A crime scene was established and local law enforcement was contacted to investigate an apparent homicide. The Washington State Department of Corrections will immediately begin a critical incident review of Emmal’s death.

The Washington Corrections Center houses approximately 1,270 male inmates in medium, close, and maximum custody, and is located in Mason County, Wash.