Woman serving murder sentence apparently hangs herself in cell

September 26, 1996|By John Rivera | John Rivera,SUN STAFF

A 28-year-old woman serving a 15-year sentence for second-degree murder apparently hanged herself yesterday in her cell at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women in Jessup, state officials said.

A correctional officer making routine rounds found the woman in her cell, hanging from an air vent by a bed sheet, said Maxine Eldridge, a spokeswoman for the state Division of Correction.

The woman was taken to Laurel Regional Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 2: 55 p.m., Eldridge said.

Eldridge declined to give the woman's name, saying it was unclear whether her family had been notified. She said the inmate was serving a 15-year sentence for a 1989 conviction on charges of second-degree murder and a handgun violation.

The woman was convicted in the 1985 robbery and shooting of Reginald McPherson, 32, in the lobby of an apartment building in the 2400 block of Madison Ave. in Baltimore.

A woman who described herself as the inmate's aunt identified the hanging victim as Sherita Campbell.

"We received a phone call about 2: 50 today that she was found hanging in her cell," said the aunt, Roberta Lesesne of Northwest Baltimore.

Lesesne said the family wanted to hear more details from prison officials.

"We're suspicious because we don't know how she could have rTC done it. It just doesn't sound like Sherita," Lesesne said.

The internal investigations unit of the Division of Correction and the state police will investigate the hanging, Eldridge said.

Pub Date: 9/26/96

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