Inmate dies, filed hundreds of records requests

WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) A Washington prison inmate long known for filing hundreds of public records requests has died at the state penitentiary in Walla Walla.

The Union-Bulletin reports that 58-year-old Allan Parmelee died early Wednesday. Walla Walla County Coroner Richard Greenwood says the death appears to have been from natural causes. An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday.

Parmelee was serving time for bombing the cars of two attorneys.

The inmate won thousands of dollars in penalties in cases where the Department of Corrections fought his requests.

Officials contended he was trying to harass judges, lawyers and corrections officers with requests for such things as personnel records, addresses, work schedules and birth dates. He said he was a freelance journalist investigating corruption.