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Inmate dies at Nebraska State Penitentiary; cause unclear

December 19, 2018

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say an inmate at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln has died.

The Department of Correctional Services announced that 74-year-old Roger Schmidt died minutes before 2 a.m. Wednesday.

Schmidt was serving a 38- to 45-year sentence for first-degree sexual assault of a child. His sentence began on May 18, 2007.

The cause of death has not been determined. Department officials say Schmidt was under treatment for long-term medical conditions.

A grand jury will investigate the death, as happens anytime an inmate dies in the department’s custody.

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