Inmate’s Death Ruled A Homicide

CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — Maryland State Police say an inmate who was found unresponsive in a Cumberland prison was strangled and his death has been ruled a homicide.

Lewis J. Thompson Jr., 57, was found in his cell at the North Branch Correctional Institution on Dec. 8 and pronounced dead at a local hospital. He was serving a 40-year sentence on a rape charge.

The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown reports that state police are conducting the investigation into Thompson’s death. No charges have been filed yet.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • lisa

    who cares? he was a waste of human life, and i am tired of supporting these prisoners!!!! please use my tax dollars for education, raises for our firepersons/policepersons and stop makeing me support these loosers!!!! these inmates get cable TV, heat, aircondition, 3 hot meals a day, free electric , water and excellent medical care at our expense!!!!

  • Sharon

    I worked for the Division of Corrections and you have no idea what you’re saying. There is no cable TV, no air conditioning and the meals I wouldn’t feed to my dog. The electricity is used to accomodate the officers when they’re working during their shift. If you worked in a prison you would know that but obviously you don’t. Prison is just that PRISON. Its not a fun place to be even if you work there.

  • RavenLude

    sharon spare us the BS, when did u work in corrections, Alcatraz in the 1930s?
    he was 57 years old and his homicide just saved taxpayers $40k per year for at least the next 13 years in which he would have been living in the prison. good ridance!

  • D A B

    It should have been ruled accidental death from self gradification.


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