Inmate dies after found with belt around neck

Posted at 3:21 PM, Jan 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-14 19:12:51-05

Officials say an inmate at the Lincoln Correctional Center died after being found with a belt around his neck Wednesday afternoon.

The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services says Charles Gipson, 33, was unresponsive when he was found by staff around 1:30 p.m. on the floor of a shower in the housing unit.

Gipson, who was serving a sentence of six to 12 years for attempted first-degree sexual assault of a child, had a belt around his neck, officials said.

“Staff immediately removed the belt, called 911 for emergency response and began CPR,” the department wrote in a statement Thursday.

When paramedics arrived, they “determined there were no signs of life.”  An official cause of death has not been determined, officials said.

Gipson began serving his sentence on May 21, 2013. He was eligible for parole in March of this year.

Nebraska law requires a grand jury to convene after a death in the custody of corrections.