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Authorities: Sex offender inmate commited suicide

7-12-2012 Massachusetts:

The first sex offender in the state convicted under Jessica’s Law apparently took his own life behind bars yesterday, authorities said.

A corrections officer found Robert Giglio, 49, hanging in his cell at Old Colony Correctional Center at about 4:23 p.m. He was pronounced dead about an hour later at Morton Hospital, said Department of Corrections spokeswoman Diane Wiffin.

Giglio had been serving 15 to 20 years after he was convicted of indecent assault and battery of a child under 14 in Middlesex County Superior Court on Oct. 26, 2009. Giglio received a minimum sentence of 15 years under Jessica’s Law because he had a previous conviction for indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 years old. Gov. Deval Patrick signed the law in 2008, named after a Florida girl who was raped and murdered in February 2005 by a repeat sex offender.

Wiffin said Giglio wouldn’t have been eligible for parole until 2024.

Giglio was being held in a single cell at the medium security prison away from the general population for disciplinary reasons since July 4, according to Wiffin. Corrections officials and the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office are investigating the unattended death, but the case is believed to be a suicide. ..Source.. by Erin Smith

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