A convicted murderer was found dead in his cell at Mountain Institution in Agassiz Friday.
James Joseph Kennedy had been serving a life sentence for the 2005 stabbing death of Kenneth Robinson in Victoria.
Robinson had been a customer of Kennedy, a local drug dealer.
According to the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC), Kennedy, 37, was found unresponsive in his cell Friday. Correctional officers performed CPR, but neither they nor paramedics were able to revive Kennedy.
"As in all cases where an individual dies while in custody, the police and coroner have been notified," the CSC said in a press release.
At trial in 2007, a jury heard that Kennedy had used a hammer to beat the 53-yearold Robinson over a drug debt. Robinson was then stabbed and later died in hospital from a stab wound.
Kennedy later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in jail with no chance of parole for 10 years.
© Copyright 2013