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Iowa inmate dies in jail

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A 66-year-old inmate dies in an Iowa jail.

Ernest Marienous Christensen, an inmate assigned to the Newton Correctional Facility, died Thursday.

Officials say around 11 a.m., Christensen was discovered unresponsive in his cell. Health service and security staff immediately responded and employed emergency medical protocols, but were unable to revive him.

An autopsy report determined that Christensen died of natural causes due to coronary artery disease.

Christensen was 66 years old and serving a ten year sentence for Sex Abuse Third Degree from Osceola County. This sentence began on July 2, 2013.

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