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Clackamas County inmate dies in state custody

A state inmate from Clackamas County died unexpectedly in a Salem area hospital, according to the Oregon Department of Corrections.

Tommie Rae Norton, 55, was transported from the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem for medical care on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016. He was pronounced at 11:55 a.m. that day.

The cause of death was not immediately released.

Norton entered state custody on July 15, 2016, on one count of identity theft out of Clackamas County. His earliest release date was February 11, 2018.

As with all unanticipated deaths in state prisons, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation.