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Inmate's death in Cumberland ruled a homicide

December 12, 2011

CUMBERLAND, Md. — A state prison inmate who died last week after being found unresponsive in his cell at North Branch Correctional Institution died from strangulation, Maryland State Police said in a press release Monday.

Lewis J. Thompson Jr., 57, was found unresponsive in his cell at the maximum-security prison in Allegany County by correctional officers on Dec. 8. His death has been ruled a homicide.

An autopsy was conducted by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore. The investigation into Thompson's death is being conducted by the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit.

State Police investigators are being assisted by members of the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services Internal Investigative Unit.

No charges have been filed in the case. 

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