Inmate dies of apparent suicide at North Carolina prison

A prisoner serving 29 years for statutory rape died of an apparent suicide on Thursday at Lanesboro Correctional Institution, according to the N.C. Department of Public Safety.

Inmate Richard Dwyer was found unresponsive in his cell at about 10:15 a.m., the department said. Prison medical staff and local paramedics tried to resuscitate him. Lanesboro Correctional Institution is a maximum-security prison about 45 miles southeast of Charlotte. It houses about 1,800 inmates.

Dwyer was scheduled to be released in April 2035. He was from Gates, an unincorporated community in the northeastern part of the state near Virginia.

Dwyer received an infraction at Lanesboro last October for fighting with a weapon, state prison records show.

Last year, two Lanesboro inmates committed suicide, the Observer reported.

Tony Davis, who was serving time for shooting and killing a man, killed himself in April 2016.

Christopher Blackett, convicted of second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder, killed himself in October 2016.

At least six North Carolina inmates committed suicide last year.

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