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JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man who was recently sentenced to death for the murder of two prison officers during an attempted escape five years ago has died in prison of an apparent suicide, officials said. prison officials.
Prison guards found Ricky Dubose unresponsive in his cell at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Jail in Jackson around 4:45 p.m. Sunday, according to a Department of Corrections news release. The guards called for medical help and started rescuing. The prison coroner pronounced Dubose dead at 5:56 p.m.
Dubose, 29, was sentenced to death on June 16 after being convicted of murder in the June 2017 shooting death of Sgt. Christopher Monica and Staff Sgt. Curtis Billue.
Dubose and Donnie Rowe were being transported between jails with other inmates when they killed the two guards and escaped from the bus in Putnam County, southeast of Atlanta on June 13, 2017. They were arrested a few days later in Tennessee.
Dubose was charged with firing the weapon that killed the officers after he and Rowe escaped from handcuffs and walked through an unlocked door at the front of the bus. Prosecutors say Dubose grabbed one of the officers’ guns and shot Monica, the guard, and then Billue, the driver, both in the head. Bus security cameras recorded the violent escape and about 30 other prisoners witnessed the killings.
Rowe was convicted of murder in September. A judge sentenced him to life in prison without the possibility of parole after jurors could not agree on whether he should be sentenced to death.
The Department of Corrections is working with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to investigate Dubose’s death, which is standard procedure.
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