Inmate is found dead at RCI

May 30, 1997


Staff Writer

A 36-year-old former Hagerstown man - serving a 10-year prison sentence for a 1993 breaking and entering - was found dead on his bunk Sunday at the Roxbury Correctional Institution.

The cause of the death of Yosef Moshe Lipskar, also known as Shawn Elwood Clow, is under investigation, according to Maxine Eldridge, an official with the Maryland Division of Correction.

Maryland State Police Trooper 1st Class Rick Bachtell is in charge of the investigation into the death.

Bachtell said he was waiting for toxicology results from an autopsy performed by Dr. Edward Ditto before releasing a cause of death. Foul play wasn't suspected.


Lipskar was sentenced in April 1994 in connection with the theft of more than $13,000 in items from J&M Cards and Halfway Collectibles in May 1993.

Washington County sheriff's deputies found some of the items in Lipskar's motel room and in his car, court records said.

In March 1995, Lipskar was back in court asking for a new trial, claiming Washington County Circuit Judges Frederick C. Wright III and Darrow Glaser conspired to give him the maximum 10-year sentence.

But in his ruling, Judge John H. McDowell discounted that claim and left Lipskar's sentence intact.

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