A Jackson County sheriff’s deputy found inmate Robert Gene Danley Jr., 35, hanging dead in his cell after a head count Friday night, a news release from the department says.
Sheriff Mike Ezell said the jail staff performed CPR but could not revive Danley, who was pronounced dead at 7:20 p.m.
Pascagoula police arrested Danley on unspecified misdemeanor charges Nov. 12. He was also on probation with the Mississippi Department of Corrections for a prior conviction.
The probation was revoked and Danley was awaiting transfer to a state prison.
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The news release says the sheriff’s office had no further information to release Saturday. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and Jackson County District Attorney’s Office are assisting with the investigation.