Corrections officials said he was found outside his cell at 3:30 a.m. He was transported to Union County General Hospital and then University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque where he was pronounced dead, Rosie Sais, the public affairs coordinator for the New Mexico Corrections Department said in a news release.
The cause of death is currently under investigation, but Stallings appeared to have committed suicide, she said.
Stallings was not on suicide watch at the time of the incident because he had not shown signs of suicidal behavior prior to the incident, she said.
Stallings was convicted in September 2011 of four felonies including third-degree felony assault and aggravated battery against a household member for a Sept. 5 2009 incident when he lit his nephew on fire.
He was serving a 10.5 year sentence.
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