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PCJ inmate found hanging in jail cell last week dies

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An inmate found hanging in his cell last week at the Porter County Jail has died, the Indiana State Police said.

ISP Sgt. Ann Wojas identified the inmate as Alfred Angelini, 51.

Wojas told the Chesterton Tribune that Angelini—who held a driver’s license with a Hobart address but was apparently staying in Valparaiso—died on Wednesday.

At Porter County Sheriff Dave Lain’s request, the ISP is investigating the hanging, which occurred on the afternoon of Feb. 24, while Angelini’s cellmate was elsewhere in the jail and Angelini was alone. An officer making his rounds found him hanging by a sheet in his cell, aid was “immediately” rendered at the scene, and then he was transported to Porter Valparaiso Hospital Campus, Lain said earlier this week.

An autopsy has determined the hanging to be self-inflicted and there are no indications of foul play, Wojas said.

Wojas added that Angelini was being held at the jail on a charge of public intoxication but that it appears he was facing a probation revocation.

The ISP’s investigation is continuing.


Posted 3/2/2012