Corrections officials investigate apparent inmate suicide
ABBEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Corrections officials are investigating what they say is an apparent suicide at a Georgia prison.
The Georgia Department of Corrections said in a news release Monday that inmate James Wheeler was found unresponsive in his cell at Wilcox State Prison at 5:25 a.m. Sunday. The department says medical staff tried unsuccessfully to revive him.
The Wilcox County coroner pronounced Wheeler dead at 7:50 a.m.
Following standard procedure, corrections officials are investigating the death.
Wheeler was sentenced to prison in 2001 for armed robbery and theft by receiving stolen property in Hall County.