Inmate found dead in Seward cell

Posted: Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Alaska State Troopers are calling their probe into the Sunday death of a Spring Creek Correctional Center inmate a homicide investigation.

At 1:40 p.m. Sunday, troopers received a report from the Seward prison that Gregory Beaudoin, 26, was found dead in his cell by guards at the correctional center.

His body was taken to Anchor-age on Sunday evening, where the state medical examiner performed an autopsy Monday.

Information from the autopsy, including the cause of Beaudoin's death, was not being released by investigators, according to a statement by trooper spokesperson Greg Wilkinson.

The investigation is continuing.

Beaudoin was convicted in Anchorage in May 2000 of first-degree murder in the 1997 stabbing death of his mother, Girdwood schoolteacher Karen Jensen.

A jury found him guilty, but concluded that a combination of mental illness and a brain injury caused him to commit the crime. He was sentenced to 60 years in prison.

Beaudoin was injured in 1995 when he was struck by a motor home while he was under the influence of LSD. The collision permanently destroyed part of his brain.

Calls to Spring Creek Superintendent Craig Turnbull were being referred to the Alaska Department of Corrections in Anchorage.

A spokesperson for the deputy commissioner there said the Spring Creek Corrections officers found Beaudoin dead in his cell and called troopers, who are handling the investigation.

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