The Montana Department of Corrections provides public information regarding the death of inmates in its custody pursuant to the Public Records Act, Mont. Code Ann. § 2-6-1001, et seq.

Under Montana law (Title 46, Ch. 4, Pts. 1, 2, MCA), the cause, manner and circumstances of the death of a person who dies while incarcerated in a prison or confined to a correctional facility operated by the state shall be inquired into and determined by a county coroner. Those findings are provided by the coroner to the county attorney in the county of jurisdiction, who may request an inquest into the causes of and circumstances surrounding the death (Title 46, Ch.4, Pts. 2a, MCA). The coroner’s official statement of the cause of death is stated in a death certificate, which are public records. (Title 46-4-110, MCA; 37.8.801, ARM) 


DOC ID Number
Date of Death
Name of Inmate
2056306 1/30/2020 Dennis Kline Community Hospital of Anaconda
3024599 2/4/2020 Tiffany Vincent Utah (escape status from Butte Prerelease Center)
35396 2/14/2020 Kenneth Whitlow Montana State Prison
44939 3/21/2020 Dennis Stuart Marias Medical Center
2140912 3/22/2020 Stephen Wolf NEXUS Treatment Facility
16142 4/8/2020 Jerry Forsyth Montana State Prison
41795 4/10/2020 Presley Mattingly St. Patrick Hospital
43177 4/10/2020 Levi Baker Alpha House Prerelease Center (off site)
3011990 4/30/2020 Laurence Stewart Montana State Prison
32417 5/5/2020 James Allen St. Peter's Hospital
11744 5/7/2020 Robert Close Hospital in Virginia
2119891 5/17/2020 Michael Westmark Riverside Special Needs Unit
3019371 6/22/2020 Zachary Swanson Cascade County Jail
3012613 6/27/2020 Dennis Schowengerdt Crossroads Correctional Center
3012236 7/1/2020 Martin Bigday Montana State Prison
3006558 7/1/2020 Albert Gaub Riverside Special Needs Unit
3008046 7/8/2020 Brian Holm Community Medical Center
16617 7/27/2020 Leonard Douglas Riverside Special Needs Unit