Ill. inmate died in agony while pleading for help

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Posted: Jun 27, 2010 2:13 PM
Source: Associated Press

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For days before he died in a federal prison, an Illinois inmate named Adam Montoya pleaded with guards to be taken to a doctor. But he never got any help.

An autopsy concluded that the 36-year-old prisoner suffered from no fewer than three serious illnesses - cancer, hepatitis and HIV. The cancer ultimately killed him.

But the coroner and a pathologist were more stunned by another finding: The only medication in his system was a trace of over-the-counter pain reliever. That means Montoya was given nothing to ease the excruciating pain that no doubt wracked his body long before death.

Coroner Dennis Conover says Montoya should not have died "in agony."

The FBI recently completed an investigation into Montoya's death and gave its findings to the Justice Department, which is reviewing the case.

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