Two eyed in death of convict

He once lived in Mesa County

Cody Gray

A spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Corrections said two suspects, both offenders at the Sterling Correctional Facility, have been identified but charges have not yet been filed in the killing of a former Mesa County resident.

Cody Gray, 32, was found by prison staff fatally wounded in a cell at the Sterling prison just before noon Monday, according to Department of Corrections spokeswoman Adrienne Jacobson. She said CPR and other life-saving measures were unsuccessful.

State prison officials said Monday the death appeared to be homicide.

Jacobson did not provide further detail, citing the ongoing investigation, which is being handled by the Inspector General’s Office of the Department of Corrections and Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

Gray had been serving a life sentence for a variety of convictions for drugs, sexual assault and burglary.

Sentenced to serve six years in prison for drug charges in February 2008, Gray was awaiting transport to the state prison system when he sexually assaulted his cellmate at the Mesa County Jail. Gray was charged in April 2008, convicted of multiple charges after a trial in Mesa County in July 2010, and sentenced again to life in prison.


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