The second inmate fatality in three days has been reported at the Drumheller Institution.
A press release from Correctional Services of Canada (CSC) stated that on Tuesday, February 20, 25-year-old Brandon Lee Mirva died in custody. He was serving a two-year sentence, commencing on October 26, 2017, for possession of drugs for the purposes of trafficking as well as failing to attend court and failing to comply with an undertaking.
This comes after a notable week at the Drumheller Institution. On Tuesday, February 13, visits to the Drumheller Institution resumed after restrictions were put in place on January 31 due to a possible influenza outbreak.
The Mail reported that on Saturday, February 17, 29-year-old inmate Anatoly Eichman died. He was serving a sentence of about two and a half years for possession of a prohibited/restricted firearm with ammunition.
On Monday, February 19, the Institution was placed in lockdown for an exceptional search.
CSC states that in both cases, the inmate’s next of kin have been notified and as in all cases of an in-custody death, CSC will review the circumstances and contact the police and coroner if required.