ELY, Nev. (AP) — Officials are investigating the death of a 31-year-old Ely State Prison inmate who was found dead with apparent stab wounds at the foot of prison stairs.

Ronnie Danelle Brass was found by staff about 3:15 p.m. Thursday. He was pronounced dead by the prison doctor.

Brass was serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole. He was convicted in Clark County on April 28, 2010, of first degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, first degree kidnapping and conspiracy to commit kidnapping.

The death is under investigation by the White Pine County Sheriff and the Nevada Department of Corrections.

The prison was placed on lockdown following the discovery.

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