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.)

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