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Smith taken to prison after apparently trying to hang himself

Posted by wlpo on March 11, 2010

A week after being sentenced to life in prison and the morning he was supposed to be transferred to prison, Tony Smith  apparently tried to commit suicide.

Smith was sentenced last Thursday for the shooting death of his girlfriend Judith Berchtold in April of last year.

Marshall County Sheriff Rob Russell says a deputy found Smith hanging in his jail cell shortly after 5:30am Thursday, minutes after he was last checked on. Russell says they’re required to check jail cells every 30 minutes.

Russell says Smith was to be handed over to the Illinois Department of Corrections care later that morning, but instead Smith was taken to Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton.

Russell says Smith was released from the hospital and taken to Statesville in Joliet.

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