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Suicide at Washtenaw County Jail under investigation

11-24-2009 Michigan:

A man charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct committed suicide Monday at the Washtenaw County Jail, authorities said.

Nicholas John Plennert II, 36, was found by a correctional officer about 4:55 p.m., who reported that Plennert had hanged himself, Washtenaw County sheriff's deputies said.

He was taken to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators have interviewed the inmates on the cell block, said Derrick Jackson, the sheriff's department's director of community engagement. An internal investigation, which is considered routine in such a case, is also under way, Jackson said.

Jackson did not know whether Plennert shared a cell with anyone and did not have details about the charge he was facing. Michigan State Police at the Ypsilanti post confirmed they are investigating the case and arrested Plennert in October, but no further details were available this afternoon.

"There's nothing that would lead us to believe it wasn't a suicide," Jackson said.

Plennert was booked at the jail on Nov. 12 and hadn't been convicted of anything, Jackson said.

Mental health support is being offered to staff and inmates, officials said. ..Source.. by Ann

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