Pa. prisoner dies after guard finds him hanging

Posted: December 30, 2013 - 3:59am


UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities in western Pennsylvania say a state prison inmate found hanging from a bedsheet in his cell has died.

The Allegheny County coroner's office will conduct an autopsy on 25-year-old Derek Andrew Thomas of Oliver. That's according to a report Sunday in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/1cf4994).

A corrections officer at the Fayette County Prison in Uniontown found Thomas hanging on Dec. 22. The warden says Thomas had a pulse when he was cut down and taken to the hospital.

The Allegheny County coroner's office says a doctor pronounced Thomas dead on Thursday at a Pittsburgh hospital.

However, Fayette County officials said as recently as Saturday that the inmate was still alive.

The prison is conducting an investigation.

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