CRIME

Maryland Officials Probe Suspicious Death Of Louis Leysath, Inmate Who Died In Steam-Filled Room

JESSUP, MD - NOVEMBER 26:  Women at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women in Jessup, MD participate in the class, C
JESSUP, MD - NOVEMBER 26: Women at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women in Jessup, MD participate in the class, Cultural Psychology: Black Psychology, taught by Dr. Nyasha Grayman-Simpson. The class is taught in this building on the prison grounds. Goucher College, a private college in Baltimore, has spearheaded a relatively unusual prison education program in which male and female inmates at state prisons in Jessup are able to enroll in college classes with college professors. (Photo by Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Feb 22 (Reuters) - Maryland officials are investigating the death of an prison inmate who was found dead in a steam-filled cell, a prison spokesman said on Sunday.

The inmate,
  1. Louis Leysath
, 35, was serving a life sentence in Jessup Correctional Institution for murder when he was found on Friday in his cell, which was filled with steam, prison spokesman Mark Vernarelli said in a statement.

Vernarelli said the death occurred "under unusual circumstance."

Correctional staff performed CPR on him, but Leysath was pronounced dead a short time later.

There was no fire in the cell, and no foul play is suspected. It is unclear whether the death was accidental or a suicide, Vernarelli said.

Leysath was housed alone. The investigation is continuing. (Reporting by John Clarke; Editing by Eric Walsh)

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