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INMATE APPARENTLY KILLS SELF AT GUNNISON PRISON

A 20-year-old inmate apparently committed suicide in his cell Saturday at the Central Utah Correctional Facility, according to the Department of Cor-rec-tions.

Donald Runion, who was serving a five-years-to-life term for aggravated robbery, apparently hanged himself with a sheet tied to the top bunk in his cell, said department spokesman David Fran-china.Franchina said Runion was committed to the prison by 3rd District Judge Anne Stirba on Sept. 10, 1991. He was scheduled to appear before the Utah Board of Pardons for a rehearing in September 1994.

Details of his crime were not immediately available.

Franchina said Runion left an apparent suicide note addressed to "Mom and Dad."

He was last seen about 9:30 a.m. going to his cell by another inmate. His body was discovered at 10:47 a.m. by his cellmate and a guard preparing for an 11 a.m. inmate count.

Franchina said prison medical staff attempted resuscitation for more than a half hour until Runion was pronounced dead.

An investigation is being conducted by the Department of Corrections, and an autopsy is being performed by the Utah Medical Examiner's Office.