Man hurt in jail fight dies; charges expected for 2nd inmate

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A coroner says an inmate hurt in a fight at an Ohio jail died a day later at a hospital.

The Dayton Daily News reports the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office hasn’t ruled on what caused the Saturday death of 54-year-old James Richards.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office says the Sidney man was punched by another inmate at the Shelby County jail. Sidney, Ohio is 90 miles southeast of Fort Wayne.

Chief Deputy James Frye tells The Sidney Daily News an inmate repeatedly asked Richards not to speak so loudly while talking on a phone, and Richards then yelled at the man, leading to a physical fight. Frye says Richards hit his head as he fell, then was repeatedly punched.

Officers intervened, and the second inmate is expected to face charges.

Richards was in custody on a domestic violence charge.

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