Prison inmate dies in custody

December 20, 2018

A 74-year-old Nebraska State Penitentiary inmate died early Wednesday at the prison, according to a Nebraska Department of Correctional Services news release.

Roger K. Schmidt’s cause of death hasn’t been determined, but he was receiving long-term medical care for an unspecified condition, the release said.

In 2007, Schmidt was sentenced to 38 to 45 years in prison for first-degree sexual assault of a child convictions out of Jefferson County.

The circumstances of his death will be investigated by a grand jury as required by Nebraska law whenever someone dies in prison.

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