POLKTON, N.C. — An inmate has been found dead in his prison cell in North Carolina.

Public Safety Department spokeswoman Pam Walker said in a news release that Terry Poole was found unresponsive in his cell about 6:20 p.m. Tuesday at the Lanesboro Correctional Institution in Anson County.

Walker said Poole was serving a 24-year sentence for second-degree murder from Lee County.

Walker said the death appears to have been a suicide. She did not say how the inmate died.

Walker said efforts by the medial staff and paramedics at the prison in Polkton to revive Poole were unsuccessful. He was scheduled to be released from prison in 2023.

The prison is about 40 miles southeast of Charlotte.

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