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BLUFFDALE, Utah – An inmate in the Utah State Prison died Saturday night after being involved in a fight that was eventually broken up by officers who deployed pepper spray.

According to a press release from the Unified Police Department issued Sunday, officers observed 25-year-old Christopher Lee Lucas fighting with another inmate Saturday night inside a cell in the Uinta III facility at the prison.

The press release provides an accounting of the moments leading up the man’s death after officers observed the fight: “Officers gave verbal orders to stop that were ignored, and then deployed pepper spray. As officers walked Lucas out of the cell, he collapsed. Lucas was transported to a local hospital by ambulance and was declared dead at approximately 6:46 p.m.”

The man’s body has been taken to the state medical examiner for an autopsy to determine the cause of death. As per standard procedure, The Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office and the Unified Police Department are investigating the incident, including the use of force and the cause of death.

The release states Lucas was serving a 1-to-15 year sentence for forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony. He had been incarcerated since June 19, 2009 and was next scheduled to appear before the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole on January 1 of 2015.

FOX 13 News will have more information as it becomes available.

12 comments

  • Rebecca Lyn Dunaway

    Justice should not be meted out by the guilty, He was paying for his crime, and then he would have to answer for what was left to pay for to his maker, Criminals should not be allowed to enforce what punishment they deem appropriate, many times we have see people be found innocent years later, He was where he needed to be, Now this other man MAY committed a murder, Who will pay for his crime? Brutality is not ok. It makes you no better the the perp.

    • Bob

      I wouldn’t fret Rebecca. Christopher Lee Lucas will still have to answer to his Maker. Just a little earlier than planned. You have to expect violent behavior from prison inmates. Good decision making isn’t their specialty.

      • Rebecca Lyn Dunaway

        I agree with that. It makes it that much harder for the families of those who have made poor choices, It is difficult to imagine that your loved one will be attacked or even brutalized, no matter there station in life. Thoughts and prayers for his family and the family of his victim, Violence for violence, There are many we believe should be punished to the greatest degree for there atrocities, we will all answer for when and how this is meted out, i know tax payers pay for their housing and so forth, but I don’t believe one human has the right to take the life of another, The ability to enjoy it is another thing,

      • Bob

        How about a littly sympathy for the victim this criminal was convicted of assaulting? How long will the victim continue paying for his crime? Hopefully his passing will help bring closure for his victim.

      • sheenay green

        look bob u need to stop before u miss your blessings because my brother had a mental condition and was not suppose to be in prison so mined your own and maybe you will live long have a bless bay

  • Stephanie Hull

    It’s so sad that the thorities haven’t called me at all about my son death Christopher Lee Lucas the one who died in the Pleasant Utah my name is Stephanie whole his mother I have not yet been notified and called him given any information this world is still full of prejudice people and it hurts that all these black children are being murdered right in plain site

    • bob

      Perhaps in his next life he won’t be a r a p i s t.

      And 25 is a long way from being a “child.” For most of us, anyway.

  • sheenay green

    my brother Christopher was bipolar he was not suppose to be in prison so if u dont know the full story then shut up!!!!!

  • Bob

    Christopher Lee Lucas was convicted of forcible sexual abuse and sentenced accordingly. How about showing some sympathy for his victim Sheenay Green?

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