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Parents of deceased inmate claim wrongful death in lawsuit against state

In a lawsuit filed against the Oregon Department of Corrections, parents claim their son reported serious symptoms to staff in the days leading up to his death. (FILE/The Enterprise)

ONTARIO – Parents of an inmate who died last spring at Snake River Correctional Institution are suing the state, claiming negligence by state workers led to their son’s death.

Anita and William Puckey last week sued the Oregon Department of Corrections and four of its employees in Malheur County Circuit Court, seeking $9 million.

Wynn Puckey, 27, was an inmate at Snake River Correctional Institute, serving a sentence for convictions in Marion and Washington counties.

The complaint said that Puckey was “in good health” but on March 4 “experienced symptoms including shortness of breath, fever, chest pain, and coughing up blood.”

“On multiple . . .