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Spring Creek inmate dies of natural causes


A man in state custody at Spring Creek Correctional Center died last week at an Anchorage hospital, according to the Associated Press..

Alaska State Troopers told the AP that 26-year-old Mavaega Tautua had been housed at the Spring Creek Correctional Center and had been transported to Anchorage for medical treatment.

Troopers say he died just before 1 p.m. March 3.

The state medical examiner’s office reports that Tautua died of natural causes, according to

Tautua in 2011 was convicted of felony assault in a high-profile downtown Anchorage case. He was found guilty of two counts of assault and one of weapons misconduct in a 2010 shooting outside the former Rumrunners Old Towne Bar and Grill.

Prosecutors said he fired shots that struck a rival gang member and a bystander.


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