Man convicted in 1985 murder dies at Collins Bay Institution

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An inmate at the multi-level security prison in the centre of Kingston has died while in custody, according to the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC).

On Wednesday, Apr. 17, 2024, the CSC issued a press release announcing the death of the inmate. The CSC said Steven Tanner died on Monday, Apr. 15, 2024. At the time of his passing, Tanner was 59 years old, and had been serving a life sentence for second degree murder since January 14, 1987. Tanner was reportedly arrested in Ottawa after the stabbing death of Dan Watters in 1985. At the time of the incident, Tanner was 22 years old.

“The inmate’s next of kin have been notified,” the CSC said.

“As in all cases involving the death of an inmate, the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) will review the circumstances. CSC policy requires that the police and the coroner be notified.”

According to CSC Regional Communications Manager Mike Shrider, “at this time, further information regarding the cause of death is not available.”

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