Commissioner: Timothy C. Ward

Director of Public Affairs: Joan Heath

FORSYTH, Ga. – Special Agents with the Georgia Department of Corrections’ (GDC) Office of Professional Standards are investigating the death of an inmate at Autry State Prison in Pelham, Ga., as a suspected homicide.

Agents have reason to believe offender Michael Dantzler (GDC#1000112586) died as a result of injuries sustained during an altercation involving another inmate on November 11.  Medical personnel responded and life saving measures were performed.  He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased at 3:10 am by a hospital physician.  GDC, in conjunction with the GBI is conducting an investigation into the death, as standard procedure.

Dantzler was sentenced to five years in 2019, in Fulton County for possession of firearm by a convicted felon.

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Manager, Public Affairs Lori Benoit