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State inmate dies in Portland area prison

An inmate died Friday afternoon at the state Columbia River Correctional Institution in Northeast Portland.

According to the Oregon Department of Corrections, staff found Christopher Robert Mabrey, 50, deceased in his cell at approximately 1:00 p.m. on Jan. 9. He was the only inmate assigned to the cell at the time.

Mabrey entered state custody on March 13, 2009, on four counts of burglary in the first degree and one count of felon in possession of a firearm out of Washington County. His earliest release date was April 22, 2015.

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

Next of kin has been notified. No other details were immediately available.

CRCI is a minimum-security state facility that houses approximately 595 male inmates who are within four years of release. It is located on a 26-acre site 9111 NE Sunderland Avenue and officially opened in September 1990.