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Arkansas state prison inmate dies after being found hanging by sheet in his cell


MARIANNA, Arkansas — The Arkansas Department of Correction says a state prison inmate at the East Arkansas Regional Unit in Marianna died after being found hanging by a bedsheet in his cell.

Department spokeswoman Cathy Frye says 27-year-old Charles T. Burson was found shortly after 8:30 a.m. Wednesday after a prison guard in a control both saw unusual activity in the cell and called for staff to investigate.

Staff members found Burson hanging from the bedsheet that was attached to a vent. He was pronounced dead shortly before 9 a.m. and Arkansas State Police will investigate.

Burson was serving a 20-year sentence after being convicted in 2012 in Clark County of kidnapping and aggravated residential burglary.

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