A former Shawnee attorney who has been serving a 24-year prison term on lewd molestation and drug charges has died in prison, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections confirmed Tuesday.

A former Shawnee attorney who has been serving a 24-year prison term on lewd molestation and drug charges has died in prison, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections confirmed Tuesday.

Back in 2008, Gary K. Jay, then 68 years-old, was sentenced in a Pottawatomie County District Court case to a combined term of 24 years behind bars for cases involving incidents with his juvenile clients.

According to the Department of Corrections Offender Lookup, Jay was listed as an inactive prisoner as of late September. DOC spokesman Matt Elliott on Tuesday confirmed that security staff found Jay unresponsive just before 3 a.m. on Sept. 28 in his cell at Joseph Harp Correctional Center. Jay was 79 years old; he reportedly had many health issues.

When he was sentenced back in April 2008, District Judge D.W. Boyd, who was appointed to preside over the case after local judges recused themselves, outlined sentencing for a list of 12 charges including lewd molestation, possession of controlled substance and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The case against Jay began in January 2007 when he was arrested at the garage apartment behind his home on North Broadway. Shawnee police served a search warrant there after a teen client of Jay’s reported allegations, resulting in charges being filed.

Jay, who was on contract as a court-appointed attorney for juvenile delinquents at the time of his arrest, resigned his license to practice law in March 2007. An additional charge of lewd molestation was added in May 2007 after a second teen came forward with allegations of inappropriate behavior.