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Immigrant Detainee Appears to Have Killed Himself, ICE Says

The man is the seventh person to die while in ICE custody in fiscal year 2017

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    Immigrant Detainee Appears to Have Killed Himself, ICE Says
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    In this April 13, 2009, file photo, an employee waits at the front gate of the Stewart Detention Facility, a Corrections Corporation of America immigration facility in Lumpkin, Georgia.

    Federal authorities say a Panamanian detainee at a south Georgia immigration detention center appears to have killed himself. 

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a news release that 27-year-old Jean Jimenez-Joseph was found unresponsive with a sheet around his neck in his cell at Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin early Monday and attempts to revive him failed. He was pronounced dead at a hospital in Americus at 2:15 a.m. 

    ICE says the preliminary cause of death was ruled "self-inflicted strangulation." 

    Jimenez was convicted Jan. 5 in Wake County, North Carolina, of stealing a vehicle. He was turned over to ICE on March 2 after his release from local law enforcement custody and was in deportation proceedings. 

    Jimenez is the seventh person to die while in ICE custody in fiscal year 2017.