3 WDOC inmates have died since late October

h/t WDOC via Facebook

(Cheyenne, WY) – The Wyoming Department of Corrections (WDOC) has announced a total of six inmate deaths since September 20th. The three most recent deaths have occurred since October 28th.

The WDOC sent press releases with the following information.


65-year-old Harry Alford died Thursday, October 28th, at the Northern Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, CO.

Alford was convicted of 1st Degree murder in North Dakota. Alford was received in WDOC on August 1, 2005, on an interstate compact transfer from North Dakota.

66-year-old Frank Lee Apodaca died Wednesday, November 3rd, at the Community Hospital in Torrington.

Apodaca was convicted of Third Degree Sexual Assault; Intrusion Under Age 16 in Laramie County and sentenced to nine to twelve years on July 17, 2017, by First District Court Judge Sharp.

53-year-old Chris Jasper Montoya died Friday, November 5th, at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper.

Montoya was convicted of Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, 3 rd Or Sub in Carbon County and sentenced to two to three years on March 9, 2020, by Second Judicial District Court Judge Snyder.

Per WDOC policy autopsies will be conducted to determine the cause of death. WDOC does not release protected health information.

65-year-old James Ray Jones died on Friday, September 17th. 79-year-old Jerry Tapp died Monday, October 4th. 71-year-old Desmond Triplett died Wednesday, October 20th.