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OK- Officials identify dead inmate

2-16-2009 Oklahoma:

Lawton police have identifed an inmate found dead in his GEO prison cell, 8607 SE Flower Mound, on Friday night.

Lawton police and emergency personnel were dispatched to the prison around 10 p.m. on the report of a possible suicide. Lawton Police Department Capt. Jackie LaRoche said when officers arrived, they found 31-year-old Billy Joe Roberts dead after hanging himself with rope from a bunk.

According to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Roberts was serving a 35-year sentence for stealing a car, attempting to evade a police officer and sexual battery in 2008 in Ottawa County. He was convicted in November 2008 and was transferred to Lawton in January. ..Source.. by JOSH ROUSE

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