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.)

Comments (4)
  1. lisa says:

    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!!!!

  2. Sharon says:

    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.

  3. RavenLude says:

    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!

  4. D A B says:

    It should have been ruled accidental death from self gradification.


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