Ohio State Highway Patrol Investigating Inmate Found Hanging In Cell


UPDATED: Wednesday September 11, 2013 7:03 PM

OSP officials have launched an investigation into the hanging death of an inmate at the Lebanon Correction Institution on Tuesday.

According to OSP officials, James Lee Blackburn was found by his cellmate hanging in his cell.

Institution officials tried to revive him, but he was pronounced dead at the scene at about 2 p.m.

Blackburn was in prison on a rape charge.

The investigation comes a week after Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro was found hanging to death in his cell in Orient. Multiple investigations have been launched into Castro’s suicide.

On Tuesday, 10 Investigates reported that two prison officials were placed on paid leave pending the Castro investigation.

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