ALBION — The death of an inmate at the state prison at Albion on Friday has been ruled a suicide by the Erie County Coroner's Office.

The death of Fred Benjamin Roberts, 23, was announced Monday by State Correctional Institution at Albion Superintendent Michael Clark.

Roberts' death was ruled a suicide due to asphyxiation, Erie County Coroner Lyell Cook said Monday. No autopsy will be conducted, Cook said.

Corrections officers on the third shift found Roberts unconscious in his cell during a routine check at 10:13 p.m. Friday, Clark said in a statement issued Monday. Officers provided immediate emergency first aid until facility medical personnel arrived from the infirmary, the statement said. Roberts was pronounced dead at 11:35 by a doctor at UPMC Hamot hospital, the statement said.

Roberts was serving a one- to eight-year sentence for corruption of minors in Wyoming County, from June 14, 2016. Roberts had been at the state prison in Albion since Feb. 27 of this year.

Pennsylvania State Police at Girard and facility staff investigated the incident.

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