LITTLE ROCK — An Arkansas prison inmate died Monday in a construction accident at the state Department of Correction’s Ester Unit in Pine Bluff, the agency said.

LITTLE ROCK — An Arkansas prison inmate died Monday in a construction accident at the state Department of Correction’s Ester Unit in Pine Bluff, the agency said.


Richard Eaton, 38, was electrocuted while working on a metal ceiling. He was pronounced dead at 3:49 p.m.


Arkansas State Police were called to the scene and are investigating, a Department of Correction spokeswoman said.


Eaton was serving a 25-year sentence for a 2003 rape conviction in Hot Spring County Circuit Court.