BOISE -- A young inmate at the Idaho State Correctional Institution has died after he was found hanging in his cell earlier this month.
Prison officials say correctional officers found 22-year-old Jerry Michael Cruz of Twin Falls Oct. 13 at 2:13 p.m. The officers immediately started trying to resuscitate Cruz and called paramedics, who rushed him to a Boise hospital.
Cruz died at the hospital Saturday night. His death is believed to be a suicide.
The Ada County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death at the request of the Idaho Department of Correction.
Cruz was serving a five-year prison sentence for a burglary in Twin Falls County. He would have been eligible for parole in March.
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