- Associated Press - Monday, February 13, 2017

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - An inmate found dead last week at Wasco State Prison was strangled.

The Kern County sheriff-coroner’s office said Monday that a post-mortem examination of the body of Jason Lee Morris determined the cause of death was strangling with a ligature.

The 43-year-old Morris was found unresponsive in his two-person cell on Feb. 7 and he was pronounced dead at the scene after life-saving measures were attempted.

Corrections officials said last week that Morris‘ 36-year-old cellmate was suspected of homicide but withheld his name pending the investigation.

Morris was serving two concurrent three-year sentences for lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14 years old.

The cellmate is serving 14 years for assault with a deadly weapon.

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