21-Year-Old Inmate Dies of Heart Disease

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Corrections said Saturday that a 21-year-old inmate has died of heart disease — the second death of an inmate in Iowa in as many days.

Chantez Andrew Thornton died Friday at University Hospitals in Iowa City, Corrections Department spokesman Fred Scaletta said.

Scaletta did not know how long Thornton had been hospitalized, but said, "it had been some time."

Thornton was sentenced to 10 years in prison in August 2010 on a drug conviction. He began his sentence at a prison in Newton and then was hospitalized. He was to be moved to the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Coralville outside of Iowa City after leaving the hospital, but never made it.

On Thursday, an inmate in the Mitchell County Jail died, and officials are still investigating the cause of his death.

Sheriff Greg Beaver told the Mason City Globe Gazette that Christopher Servantez, 32, of Mason City, was pronounced dead Thursday evening at the Mitchell County Regional Hospital.

Beaver said he is awaiting toxicology results to determine what killed Servantez.

A deputy discovered Servantez in his cell and began CPR until an ambulance arrived, Beaver said, but Servantez died at the hospital.

Servantez had been arrested on drug charges and booked into the jail earlier that day.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the State Medical Examiner's Office are investigating Servantez' s death.
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