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A 48-year-old Montana State Prison inmate died as a result of an extended illness Wednesday, Montana Department of Corrections officials said.

Robert Bruce Scollard was reportedly found unresponsive in his low-security housing unit during the day on Wednesday, according to DOC Public Information Officer Amy Barton.

Corrections staff attempted to perform life-saving measures, but Scollard could not be resuscitated. The specifics of his extended illness could not be disclosed, Barton said.

Scollard was serving time in prison for an attempted robbery charge. He was sentenced to the term in 2018 in Lewis and Clark County.

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He was first booked into the state prison in 2014 for the same crime, along with a robbery charge, out of Yellowstone County, according to DOC records. Scollard was granted parole in 2017.

Barton said Scollard was currently eligible for release on parole, if approved, and otherwise had a prison discharge date of 2028.

An autopsy will be performed at the Montana State Crime Lab in Missoula, Barton said.

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