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County Attorney Releases Ruling in Death of Adams County Inmate

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In her role as county coroner, Adams County Attorney Donna Fegler Daiss ruled Wednesday that a county jail inmate found dead in his cell over the weekend had hanged himself.

Officials discovered the body of 39-year-old Matthew Joseph Arterburn around 6:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Arterburn started serving a sentence for child pornography charges on July 15. Sheriff Greg Magee says the jail had been waiting on paperwork to send Arterburn to a state prison to serve his sentence.

State law requires grand juries to investigate whenever someone dies in custody or while being arrested.

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