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Assaulted inmate dies after being on life support

December 22, 2018

JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say an inmate who was assaulted and later found by a detention officer has died.

Leslie Earhart with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says 29-year-old Joseph M. Lockner was pronounced dead Thursday. Authorities say he had been on life support this week.

The Johnson City Press reports the Washington County Detention Center inmate was found unresponsive on a bathroom floor by the detention officer, who was conducting rounds in his pod. Investigators initially believed he suffered a medical issue, but later concluded he had been assaulted. A press release didn’t detail what type of injuries Lockner had.

Court records show Lockner was convicted of simple possession of methamphetamine in October. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and to pay a $750 fine and court costs.

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Information from: Johnson City Press, http://www.johnsoncitypress.com

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