From staff reports
Clearfield County Coroner Kim Shaffer-Snyder has ruled the death of a Clarion County man who had been in state prison for child rape as a homicide.
Garrick Bloom, 48, of Shippenville, was found dead in his cell at SCI Houtzdale on Aug. 29.
On Sept. 11, 2019, Judge James Arner sentenced Bloom to a minimum of 96 months to a maximum of 192 months on each of five first-degree felony counts of rape of a child, with the sentences to be served consecutively.
Prior to his trial, Bloom fled Clarion County and was apprehended on Feb. 7, 2019, in a homeless shelter in Tallahassee, Florida.
Bloom’s death is being investigated by state police in Clearfield.