The inmate, Bryan Emmal, died after "sustaining injuries in his two-person cell" shortly before 10 p.m. Sunday, the state Department of Corrections said.

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OLYMPIA — Authorities say a 57-year-old man serving a life sentence for child molestation at the Washington Corrections Center near Shelton, Mason County, died over the weekend and police are investigating it as an apparent homicide.

The Olympian reports the state Department of Corrections said Bryan Emmal died after “sustaining injuries in his two-person cell” about 10 p.m. Sunday.

Corrections officials plan to conduct a critical-incident review.

Emmal was a medium-custody inmate at the prison, which houses about 1,270 men in medium, close and maximum custody. Emmal began serving a life sentence Sept. 8 after he was convicted of child molestation in Thurston County.

Emmal’s cellmate, Daniel Porter, is being housed in the facility’s intensive-management unit pending an investigation.

Porter began serving a 15-month sentence Oct. 19 for burglary in Pierce County.