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Inmate dies at state prison treatment unit after 'self-injurious behavior'

December 07. 2017 11:05AM


CONCORD — Authorities are investigating the death of a 34-year-old state prison inmate inside the facility’s Residential Treatment Unit Wednesday morning.

According to a news release, Phillip Borcuk, 34, was rushed to Concord Hospital’s emergency room that morning and later pronounced dead.

Corrections officers and medical personnel responded to Borcuk’s cell when “they heard him engaging in self-injurious behavior,” according to the release. He was alone in his cell at the time.

Jeffrey Lyons, a spokesman for the Department of Corrections, declined to be more specific about what Borcuk was doing to injure himself.

He said Borcuk was a state prison inmate who had been transferred to the Residential Treatment Unit. He said inmates may be moved to that unit, which is in the same building as the Secure Psychiatric Unit, “based on behavioral health concerns that have been identified.”

The state medical examiner will conduct an autopsy and toxicology tests, officials said. State police and investigators from the Department of Corrections are investigating Borcuk’s death.

Borcuk was sentenced to state prison in 2012 by Sullivan County Superior Court for charges of operating a motor vehicle after certification as a habitual offender, theft by unauthorized taking and assault by a prisoner.

He would have been eligible for parole on Dec. 5, 2018.

Officials said his next-of-kin have been notified of his death.

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