Inmate found dead inside cell full of steam

An inmate serving a murder sentence at the Jessup Correctional Institution was found dead in his cell Friday.

A 35-year old inmate serving a murder sentence at the Jessup Correctional Institution was found dead Friday in his cell, which was filled with steam, state corrections officials said Saturday.

Investigators said it is unclear whether Louis Leysath's death was accidental or a suicide, but state public safety and correctional services officials said investigators do not suspect foul play.

A spokesman for the state's Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services did not elaborate on the incident Sunday afternoon, citing an ongoing investigation.

Leysath was housed alone, officials said, and that there was no fire in the cell.

He was serving 30 years for murder. Online court records show that Leysath pleaded guilty in Charles County Circuit Court to first degree murder in 2010 and was sentenced for a killing on May 14, 2008. According to a Washington Post report, Leysath was charged after his then girlfriend, Jasmine N. Clark, 23, was found inside her apartment with a cord tied around her neck.

Correctional staff attempted CPR when they found Leysath but he was pronounced dead a short time later. Secretary of Public Safety & Correctional Services Stephen Moyer ordered an administrative review of the incident in addition to the death investigation.

Officials said they did not release any information on the death until Saturday after they notified Leysath's family of his death.

No additional information was immediately available.

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