Thursday, August 30, 2007

Prisoner dies while in custody

August 30, 2007


A 24-year-old prisoner at the Central Florida Reception Center near Orlando died while in custody of the state Department of Corrections, authorities confirmed Wednesday.

Tony Littles Jr. of Deltona died Aug. 20 of natural causes in the prison's infirmary after being admitted there for ongoing health problems, said Jo Ellyn Rackleff, a Corrections Department spokeswoman.

Rackleff would not elaborate on Littles' condition before his death, citing privacy laws.

Littles was serving a 10-year sentence for drug and theft convictions, Rackleff said. In June 2005, Littles was arrested by the Volusia County Sheriff's Office for taking a relative's car, abandoning it in Sanford and stealing a second car. He was also convicted of stealing a purse from an elderly woman in Orange City around the same time.

Gary Taylor, Bianca Prieto, Katie Fretland, Amy L. Edwards, Rachael Jackson and Henry Pierson Curtis of the Sentinel staff contributed to this report.

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