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Mississippi officials probe inmate’s hanging death

December 29, 2018

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi inmate was found hanging in his jail cell shortly after a head count at the Jackson County Adult Detention Center.

Sheriff Mike Ezell says a deputy found 35-year-old Robert Gene Danley, Jr. hanging in his jail cell Friday night.

Ezell, in a news release Saturday, said staff attempted to resuscitate him but were unsuccessful. Danley, a trusty at the jail, was pronounced dead at 7:20 p.m.

Pascagoula Police arrested Danley Nov. 12 on misdemeanor charges and was on probation with the Mississippi Department of Corrections for a prior conviction. However, his probation was revoked, and he was waiting to be transferred to a state prison.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigations and the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office are assisting the sheriff’s department with the investigation.

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