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Man serving life sentence for murder dies in prison

Richard Edward Reeves, Jr (DOJ photo)

An Oregon Department of Corrections adult in custody, Richard Edward Reeves, Jr., died Saturday morning.

Reeves, 70, was incarcerated at Snake River Correctional Institution in Ontario and passed away in the infirmary while on hospice care. As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police and his next of kin were notified, according to the Department of Corrections.

Reeves entered custody April 15, 1999, from Jackson County with an earliest release date of Sept. 9, 2023.

Jackson County Circuit Court records list his former residence as White City. In 1999, he was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Reeves was also convicted of unauthorized use of a vehicle, but wasn’t sentenced to additional prison time.

Snake River is a multi-custody prison in Ontario that houses approximately 3,000 adults. It has multiple special housing units including disciplinary segregation, intensive management, infirmary -- with hospice -- with 24-hour nursing care and an administrative segregation unit.

It opened in 1991 and is the largest correctional institution in Oregon.