Department of Correction Press Release –
June 30, 2014
On June 29, 2014 at 1:23 am, Correctional Officers at Spring Creek Correctional Center were notified of an unresponsive inmate in his cell. Officers responded and found 29-year old Elihu Gillespie unconscious from injuries he had sustained in a physical altercation with his 25 year old cellmate, Jason Rak. Emergency Medical Services were called and Gillespie was transported by ambulance to Providence Hospital in Seward where he was pronounced dead at 2:30 am.
At the time of the incident, Gillespie and Rak were housed in a two man cell in House One, which currently houses 83 inmates. The unit was fully staffed at the time of the incident.
Gillespie and Rak were housed in House One, a segregation unit within the maximum security facility. Both have had an extensive disciplinary history within the correctional system. Specific details’ regarding their disciplinary history is part of the ongoing investigation and further details can’t be released at this time.
At the time of the incident Rak was serving a 29 year sentence for attempted murder. Gillespie was serving 50 years for attempted murder.