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SHIRLEY — An inmate serving a life sentence for murder at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center hanged himself, according to a Department of Correction spokeswoman.

A correction officer found Michael Keohane, 27, whose last known address was in Exeter, N.H., hanging by a torn bed sheet at about 11:25 p.m. Sunday, said Diane Wiffin.

He was taken down two minutes later, and the prison’s medical staff started CPR, she said. Keohane was pronounced dead at Leominster Hospital at 12:45 a.m. on Monday.

”Emergency procedures were complied with pursuant to department policy,” Wiffin said. “The Worcester County District Attorney’s Office was notified. The incident is under investigation.”

Keohane was arrested in September 1998 and convicted in February 2000 for first-degree murder and armed assault on a dwelling, Wiffin said. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Keohane was in Souza-Baranowski’s special-management unit last August. Inmates in the unit are segregated from the general population for disciplinary reasons, Wiffin said.

He left a note indicating he was distraught over a personal relationship with somebody outside the prison, she said. – MediaNews Group

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