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Sunday, 1 January 2012

Alta. prison staff find two inmates dead in separate cells

 Two inmates at Alberta’s Drumheller Institution died on Christmas Eve day, according to police.


Nicholas Whynott and Derek Upton were both found unresponsive in their separate, single-person cells when prison staff checked on them just after 3 a.m.


Drumheller is about 140 kilometres northeast of Calgary.


In the early 1990s, Upton was one of four people charged in connection with the murder of 43-year-old Darlene Korolak, from Medicine Hat, Alta. In 1992, the woman was strangled, stabbed and trampled by a group of young adults and teens.


Upton was 17 when he pleaded guilty to first-degree murder. He and another teen dumped the woman’s body near the small town of Irvine. His case was heard in adult court.


Whynott was charged with three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking and breach of parole last year when the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team busted two alleged drug operations in Edmonton.


Police are still investigating the cause of the inmates’ deaths. An autopsy has been scheduled for next week.

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