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Two inmates commit suicide at Men's Central Jail

October 5, 2010 |  9:50 pm

An inmate killed himself Tuesday at Men's Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles, the second suicide at the facility in as many days.

In Tuesday's incident, the 29-year-old was pronounced dead at the jail after he was discovered around 5:20 a.m., the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

The man, described as a gang member, pleaded guilty last year to assault with a deadly weapon and received a 21-year sentence. He was also found guilty of robberies and carjacking and was scheduled to be sentenced Friday for those crimes, the department said. His name was not released.

Another inmate was found dead in his cell Monday afternoon. He left a note but did not state why he had committed suicide, the department said. The 40-year-old man had been arrested for parole violations. His name was not released.

Homicide detectives and officials with the county Office of Independent Review, which monitors the Sheriff's Department, were investigating both cases.

-- Robert J. Lopez