Greene County inmate's death gets national attention

February 16, 2019 12:49 PM

The death of an inmate in Greene County is under investigation.

The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision tells NewsChannel 13 Anthony Myrie died at Albany Medical Center on February 11. He was serving a seven-year sentence after being convicted of attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance.

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According to a DOCCS spokesperson, Myrie died following a three-on-one fight with other incarcerated individuals in a housing unit of Greene Correctional Facility. 

He tells us correction officers responded and issued verbal commands stopping the fight. Myrie was escorted and interviewed, and that's when he complained of chest pain. He was brought to the medical unit for further evalulation, when he collapsed and was later pronounced dead. 

The preliminary autopsy results indicate Myrie's body had no signs of trauma and the cause of death appears to be consistent with sudden cardiac arrest. 

Rapper Cardi B is weighing in and receiving a lot of attention. She says Myrie died at the hands of the prison system - specifically the correctional officers. NewsChannel 13 has only confirmed what state officials say, that an incident is under investigation involving several inmates and Myrie was pronounced at Albany Medical Center. 

NewsChannel 13 reached out to Myrie's wife online and have not heard back.  She posted about her heartbreak on Instagram, and said his body was being brought back to her in Brooklyn on Thursday.  

Anibal Madera says he served with Myrie at Greene Correctional Facility up until Madera was released in August after serving more than a year for a parole violation. 

Madera stated, "He was a good dude. All he cared about was his girl, that's why he was always on the phone, that's why I'm pretty sure she's going crazy right now. Even though he was on parole, he was going to get a good job and he was going to stay out of trouble, not come back and he said he wanted to be a personal trainer because basically, we used to work out, he used to be pushing me to work out."

Myrie went by "Trey" but Madera says he called him T-Dog.

A spokesman for NYSCOBA says they don't have a comment right now, as they are waiting for additional information from the state's investigation.

Cardi B posted on her Instagram page, sharing harsh words for the Greene Correctional Facility.


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