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Confessed killer found dead at Perry Co. Jail

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PINCKNEYVILLE, IL (KFVS) -

Illinois State Police are investigating the death of a 19-year-old prisoner who pleaded guilty to murdering a Pinckneyville teen.

Carl Dane, 19, of Pinckneyville was pronounced dead at 5 a.m. in his cell at the Perry County Jail in Pinckneyville Friday.

Carl Dane's Attorney Brian Trentman says, he was told they believe Dane killed himself.

An autopsy was conducted Friday afternoon. The Perry County Coroner says he is awaiting those results.

A corrections officer found Dane's body in his cell at the Perry County Jail early Friday Morning. Investigators say they don't suspect foul play.

Today Dane was set to be taken to Menard Correctional Center to begin serving a 60-year-sentence for the murder of 15-year Sidnee Stephens.  

Dane pleaded guilty in June 2011 to a charge of 1st degree murder in the 2010 death of Stephens. The Perry County State's Attorney says as part to plea deal, Trentman asked Dane stay in the county jail until August 5th.

Perry County Sheriff Keith Kellerman tells Heartland News he's never had this type of incident in the jail during his more than ten years in office.

Meanwhile Trentman says it's an extremely sad day. He adds in the year of representing Dane, there was no indication he would cause harm to himself.

The incident is current under investigation by Perry County Coroner's Office and the Illinois State Police.

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