Inmate dies after being found unresponsive at Terre Haute Federal Prison

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — An inmate at the United States Penitentiary Terre Haute location has died.

According to a release from the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Federal Prisons, on Monday just after 6:30 p.m., prison staff found 52-year-old inmate Michael Rudkin unresponsive.

Responding staff immediately started life-saving measures and emergency medical services were called to the scene.

Rudkin was taken to a local hospital for life-threatening injuries and was pronounced dead Tuesday by hospital staff.

Rudkin was serving a sentence out of the District of Connecticut and the Middle District of Florida for the following charges:

  • Use of interstate commerce facility in the commission of murder for hire
  • Sexual abuse of a ward
  • Attempted murder of an employee of the United States
  • Attempt to retaliate against a witness by murder (x2 counts)

Rudkin was sentenced to a combined 105 years for the charges. He had been in custody at the Terre Haute Federal Prison since July 2017.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation was notified of Rudkin’s death. No staff or other inmates were injured and at no time was the public in danger, according to the BOP release.

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