Corrections Department says inmate hangs himself

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) — The Department of Corrections says a 38-year-old inmate in a mental health unit in Coralville has killed himself.

Officials say in a news release that Alex James Mabe was found early Monday, hanged with a bed sheet attached to a wall vent.

Staff tried to revive him, but he was pronounced dead.

Mabe was assigned to the Iowa Medical and Classification Center.

He was serving a 10-year-sentence for robbery and theft from Wapello County. His sentence began in January 2013.

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