- Associated Press - Thursday, February 11, 2016

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) - The Department of Corrections says a man convicted last month of two murders in southern Iowa has killed himself in prison.

The agency says staffers at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Coralville found 37-year-old Jerry Ray Dillinger hanging from a bed sheet in his room late Wednesday.

Staffers tried to revive Dillinger, and he was taken to an Iowa City hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

An autopsy is planned but the Corrections Department says it appears the death was asphyxia due to suffocation.

Dillinger pleaded guilty Jan. 22 in Union County to two counts of first-degree murder in the killings of his former sister-in-law, Loretta Dillinger, and Michael Robinson, who was in a relationship with a Dillinger family member.

He was serving two life sentences.

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