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Oct 13, 2009

Inmate found dead hanging inside prison cell

Story PictureIt is not known if it is a suicide or homicide, but a prison inmate was found dead in his cell on Friday night. Alfonso Eck was convicted in 2005 on numerous charges including maim and assault. Eck was due for release in 2010, but his life was cut short as his body was found hanging by his cellmate. According to the officer in charge of Hattieville Police Sergeant Peter Serrano, though it could be a case of suicide, other causes of death won’t be ruled out until the completion of the post mortem examination.

Sgt. Peter Serrano, Officer in Charge, Hattieville Police
“On Friday night, shortly after ten police received information of apparent suicide. We visited Hattieville Kolbe compound where the lifeless body of a Hispanic male person was seen in the cell.”

Jose Sanchez
“Was Mister Eck the only inmate inside the cell?”

Sgt. Peter Serrano
“No, he was in the cell along with another inmate.”

Jose Sanchez
“Mister Eck I believe was supposed to come out next year. Were there any reports that he was suicidal? Are you still investigating the other inmate to find out what may have occurred?”

Sgt. Peter Serrano
“Well, that in itself I just cannot answer at this point. I believe you need that information from the prison authorities. What I’m sure I can say the matter at present is under investigation.”

Jose Sanchez
“How did he die?”

Sgt. Peter Serrano
“Again due to the nature of how we found the body we just don’t want to say that it was a suicide. We are actually looking at other angles. I say the post mortem will tell a lot in this case.”

Jose Sanchez
“When is that expected to be completed by?”

Sgt. Peter Serrano
“Some time for today.”

According to reports, Eck was found hanging from strips of cloth torn from his blanket. Eck’s cell mate, who is not convicted of any violent crime, is still being questioned. The cellmate is in prison for arson, robbery and theft.

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