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KDOC, KBI investigate after inmate dies Saturday at Lansing Correctional Facility

Lansing Correctional Facility
Posted at 9:42 AM, Feb 26, 2024

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An inmate at Lansing Correctional Facility died over the weekend, according to the Kansas Department of Corrections, or KDOC.

Eric Avila, 51, was found unresponsive Saturday in his cell.

Emergency-medical professionals attempted life-saving measures on Avila before declaring him deceased, per KDOC.

KDOC and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation are investigating Avila's death — which is the third at Lansing state prison in 2024, including one by natural causes, according to a KDOC spokesman.

The cause of the death has not yet been determined, as an independent autopsy is ongoing.

Avila was convicted of kidnapping and second-degree murder in Sedgwick County. He was serving a 20-year and 9-month sentence at the correctional center.