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Police investigate Madison County inmate death

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By Lakisha Jackson By Lakisha Jackson

 EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- Authorities in southwest Illinois are investigating the death of a 43-year-old inmate.

The Madison County Sheriff's Office requested medical technicians to the Madison County Jail on Saturday evening for an unresponsive inmate, Freddie Ross. A deputy found the inmate hanging in the shower area while making regular checks.

Freddie Ross pleaded guilty Tuesday March 6 in Madison County to one count of attempted murder. He made the plea after hearing opening statements and the victim's testimony. The 43-year-old East Alton man faced up to 35 years in prison. A sentencing date was not immediately set.

Authorities have said Ross beat the woman with a bat, threatened her with a knife and said he would suffocate both of them with natural gas. Investigators say he bound the woman to a chair with duct tape and a telephone cord.

She eventually managed to escape and call police.

Illinois State Police were contacted and requested to conduct a death investigation.

 An autopsy is pending.
 

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