Ada sheriff asked to investigate inmate's death at Idaho prison

Gabino Villa, 58, was found unresponsive in his cell at the Idaho State Correctional Institution Sunday night and taken to a Boise hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:30 a.m. Monday, according to an Idaho Department of Correction news release.

IDOC asked the Ada County Sheriff's Office to investigate because prison staff was not present when Villa became unresponsive, and the department routinely seeks an outside investigation of unattended deaths, according to the Tuesday news release. Villa's cellmate reportedly alerted staff that Villa had collapsed and fallen out of bed.

Villa was serving a 5 - to 20-year sentence as a persistent violator for driving under the influence in Canyon County, IDOC reports. He was scheduled to be eligible for parole in June 2019.

ISCI is a 1,446-bed medium-security men’s prison south of Boise.