Death ruled a suicide after inmate in CT prison found strangled with COVID-19 mask

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MONTVILLE, Conn. (AP) — A 32-year-old prison inmate in Connecticut has been found strangled with a mask issued to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.  

Daniel Ocasio, of Windsor, died Wednesday morning after being discovered sitting on a bunk in his cell at the Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Center with a ligature fashioned from the mask around his neck, the Department of Correction said.

On Friday, the state’s Chief Medical Examiner’s office announced that an autopsy determined Ocasio died from hanging and classified his death as a suicide.

Ocasio had entered the prison on August 5 and was being held in lieu of $10,000 bond on a charge of third-degree burglary.

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