Mass. prisons inmate found dead in cell

SHIRLEY, Mass. (AP) — A convicted murderer with a history of mental illness has been found dead in his prison cell.
The death Monday of 42-year-old Donovan Walker was the second inmate death at a state prison this month. Richard Sharpe, the dermatologist convicted of killing his wife, was found in his cell at MCI-Norfolk hanging by a bedsheet.
Both deaths are under investigation.
A prisons spokeswoman says Walker was found hanging by a T-shirt in his cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Leslie Walker, executive director of the inmate advocacy group, Massachusetts Correctional Legal Services, tells The Boston Globe the deaths are concerning because the Correction Department has successfully prevented suicides after a high rate for several years.


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