Examiner: Inmate died from asphyxiation


DOVER-FOXCROFT (AP) – The state medical examiner’s office has ruled that a Piscataquis County jail inmate from Brownville who committed suicide died of asphyxiation by hanging.

Richard Prado, 34, was found dead in his cell at about 5:40 a.m. Tuesday during a shift change.

“He ripped up his bedsheet, tied it in knots and tied it around his neck and placed it over a doorknob,” said Piscataquis County Sheriff John Goggin. Prado then apparently sat down, and his body did not quite reach the floor, Goggin said.

It was the first suicide at the Piscataquis County Jail in about 30 years, and the first jail suicide in Maine this year, officials said.

Prado was being held on charges of gross sexual assault, sexual exploitation of a minor and tampering with a witness or informant. He was also under investigation in connection with an Indiana woman who recently was charged with 11 counts of child pornography, police said.

Information from: Bangor Daily News, http://www.bangornews.com

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