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Death at prison being investigated as possible murder


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Authorities are investigating the death of a convicted sex offender at a prison in southern Missouri as a possible murder.

The Department of Corrections says Pleasant Hurst, 48, died Saturday after a fight in the gymnasium of the South Central Correctional Center in Licking, Mo. He was punched and suffered head injuries.

Hurst was serving a 52-year sentence from St. Charles County for child molestation, kidnapping and sexual misconduct. He also had previous convictions for sexual crimes.

The prosecutor in Texas County says he has a suspect but isn't identifying the person.

Department of Corrections investigators are to report their findings to the county prosecutor.


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