Hawaii inmate, 21, dies in Arizona prison, investigation underway

Jonathan Namauleg and Jason McCormick

ELOY, Ariz. – Saguaro Correctional Center has notified the Department of Public Safety of the death of a Hawaii inmate at their facility in Eloy, Ariz.

On Thursday, at about 3:15 p.m. (HST), inmate Jason McCormick, 41, activated a distress button in the housing cell and advised correctional officers that his cellmate needed medical attention.

Corrections officers found inmate Jonathan Namauleg, 21, unconscious and face-down on the floor in the cell. They immediately notified an emergency response team and medical staff who arrived within minutes to assess Namauleg and begin CPR.

An ambulance arrived at 3:30 p.m. to take over CPR and transport Namauleg to a nearby hospital.

The hospital pronounced Namauleg deceased at about 5 p.m. An autopsy is pending.

Eloy police are investigating the cause of death and are treating the cell in which the death occurred as a crime scene.

Department of Public Safety investigators are also being sent to Arizona to investigate the incident.

Namauleg was serving three years for third-degree arson.

McCormick is serving a life sentence with the possibility of parole for second-degree murder.

He was found guilty in the 1996 cold case murder of Robert Henderson, a visiting professor at the University of Hawaii.

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