FDCF inmate dies of natural causes

An inmate serving a life sentence at Fort Dodge Correctional Facility has died from complications related to a heart condition.

Larry T. Siemer, 57, died Wednesday at the University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City, according to Fred Scaletta, Iowa Department of Corrections spokesman.

Siemer, who imprisoned on a first-degree kidnapping conviction from Polk County, had been incarcerated since Dec. 23, 1988.

Siemer had been in the hospital for several weeks, according to Scaletta.

He declined to go into specifics about Siemer’s death, but Scaletta said the inmate had coronary artery disease.

“It’s not unusual for inmates to die from natural causes,” he said. “I wouldn’t say it’s common, but that’s mainly what happens to inmates.”

Scaletta said the FDCF houses inmates from throughout Iowa.

“We have people from all over the system in the Fort Dodge prison,” he said. “It all depends on what security level they’re at and what their programming needs are. It’s not uncommon for them to be from anywhere in the state.”