Prisoner kills self after getting 2 life sentences

June 28, 1996|By Elaine Tassy | Elaine Tassy,SUN STAFF

An Essex man committed suicide early yesterday in the Baltimore County Detention Center, hours after he was given two life sentences for trying to arrange the killing of a former girlfriend, authorities said.

About 2 a.m., a jail officer found John Robert Matheson, 51, hanging in his cell by a cloth noose fashioned either from a bedsheet or pillowcase and hooked on a sprinkler pipe attachment, said Sgt. Kevin Novak, a county police spokesman.

He was pronounced dead at 2: 20 a.m., after a cardiopulmonary resuscitation effort failed, Novak said.

A suicide note was found on the floor of Matheson's cell, according to Novak.

Pub Date: 6/28/96

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