Inmate at Walpole prison commits suicide

An inmate committed suicide inside a maximum security prison in Walpole early Thursday, according to the Massachusetts Department of Correction. Joseph Vyce, 35, was found unresponsive in his cell at about 4:30 a.m. and was taken to Norwood Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, said Darren Duarte, a spokesman for the DOC. The death was ruled a suicide by asphyxia, said Duarte in a statement. Vyce was serving time in the MCI-Cedar Junction isolation unit, said Leslie Walker, executive director of Prisoners’ Legal Services. Vyce was imprisoned for armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, as well as other charges, said Duarte.

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