- Associated Press - Thursday, August 14, 2014

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - An inmate has been found dead inside a cell at the Pinellas County Jail hours before he was scheduled for sentencing in a sexual battery case.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office says detention deputies found 38-year-old Larry Kobielnik hanging in his cell early Thursday.

Officials say medical staff and Pinellas County Fire Rescue crews tried to revive Kobielnik, but he was pronounced dead a short time later.

The sheriff’s office says Kobielnik was being held in a single person cell in the maximum security section of the jail.

An investigation of his death is underway.

Kobielnik was convicted Aug. 13 on charges of sexual battery and impersonating a law enforcement officer in July. He was due in court Thursday morning for sentencing on those charges.

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