Commissioner: Gregory C. Dozier

Director of Public Affairs: Joan Heath

FORSYTH, Ga. – The Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) is investigating the death of an inmate at Macon State Prison in Oglethorpe, Ga., as an apparent suicide.

On October 20 at approximately 6:12 p.m., Correctional Officers found inmate Brian Villa-Rivera (GDC #1001877810) unresponsive in his cell. The facility’s medical staff responded to the unit and administered CPR. Villa-Rivera was pronounced deceased at 8:22 p.m. by the Macon County Coroner. GDC is conducting an investigation into the death, as standard procedure.

Villa-Rivera was sentenced to Life in Hall County for murder.

About the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC)

The Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) has one of the largest prison systems in the U.S. and is responsible for supervising nearly 52,000 state prisoners. It is the largest law enforcement agency in the state with approximately 10,500 employees. For more information on the GDC, call 478-992-5247 or visit