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Man with local ties dies while incarcerated at Oregon State Penitentiary

Roberto Ruiz--DOC Photo

Roberto Ruiz, an Oregon Department of Corrections adult with ties to Jackson County, died at Oregon State Penitentiary Friday morning, authorities said.

As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified, and the State Medical Examiner will determine cause of death, officials said.

Ruiz entered DOC custody on Oct. 5, 2021, from Jackson County with a potential release date of Sept. 11, 2023.

He was sentenced in Jackson County Circuit Court on Sept. 26 to 24 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to a court document.

Ruiz was 31 years old. His next of kin have been notified.

“DOC takes all in-custody deaths seriously. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of 12,000 individuals who are incarcerated in 13 institutions across the state,” an announcement from the DOC explained.

While crime information is public record, DOC elects to disclose only upon request out of respect for any family or victims, the statement also noted.

Oregon State Penitentiary is a multi-custody facility located in Salem that houses approximately 2,000 adults.