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Inmate from Iowa dies in cell after move to Wisconsin prison

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Posted at 12:21 PM, Dec 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-30 13:21:49-05
An inmate from Iowa with a history of violence toward guards and one daring escape has been found dead in a Wisconsin cell, one month after he was transferred there.
 
Authorities said Thursday that 26-year-old Justin Kestner was found unresponsive at Dodge Correctional Institution in Waupun, Wisconsin on Dec. 21.
 
The Iowa Department of Corrections says prison staff initiated lifesaving measures but were unsuccessful. A medical examiner says autopsy results haven't been completed.
 
Prison officials and the county sheriff say they're investigating.
 
Kestner made headlines when he escaped from Iowa's maximum-security prison on July 4, 2015, slithering through tight spaces to the roof before descending. In October, he assaulted an officer at the prison in Anamosa, Iowa with a piece of metal. He was transferred to Wisconsin the next month.