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Date: Aug. 4, 2006 Phone: 919 -716-3713

 Tyrrell prison inmate dies in apparent suicide

COLUMBIA Michael Williams, a 26-year-old inmate serving a sentence for selling drugs, was found unconscious and hanging by a bed sheet in his cell Wednesday morning at Tyrrell Prison Work Farm.

The Tyrrell County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the apparent suicide.

 Williams, who was alone in a segregation cell, was found hanging at about 8:35 a.m.

 Efforts to revive Williams failed, and he died at 9:45 a.m. at Washington County Hospital.

 Williams was sentenced in May 2002 to 40-57 months for selling drugs on school property in New Hanover County.



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