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Death of Nebraska State Penitentiary inmate under investigation

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Posted at 12:20 PM, Nov 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-08 00:13:33-05

LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) - An inmate's death at the Nebraska State Penitentiary is being investigated by the Nebraska State Patrol and the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services.

Kevin Carter, 20, was pronounced dead shortly after 11:00 p.m. on Friday.

Officials say staffers found Carter lying on the floor of the cell he shared at the penitentiary with another inmate. He had been covered with a sheet and was unresponsive. Staff members made multiple attempts to revive him, which were unsuccessful.

“The investigation into the circumstances of Carter’s death are still very preliminary,” said Nebraska Department of Correctional Services Director Scott Frakes. “The initial indications are that this death is suspicious. We will know more as witnesses are interviewed in the coming days.”

Carter’s sentence started December 18, 2019. He was serving a six-to nine-year sentence for charges out of Douglas County that included terroristic threats and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony.

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