According to the department, Daelan Lamere was pronounced dead at Bryan West Hospital in Lincoln Tuesday.
Staff found Lamere unresponsive in his cell at Tecumseh May 27th. He was having difficulty breathing. A rescue squad took Lamere to Johnson County Hospital. He was later transferred to Bryan West.
Lamere had been serving a 6 to 11 year prison sentence out of Douglas County for four counts of robbery and one count of use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony. He began his sentence in late October of 2103. He had a tentative release date of September 4th, 2020.
The Nebraska State Patrol will investigate the death. No official cause of death has been determined.
The department reports Lamere tested positive for methamphetamine and MDMA, also known as Ecstasy, at the hospital.
A grand jury will be impaneled to investigate the death in accordance with state law.
“NDCS is diligent in its efforts to keep contraband from entering facilities and to prevent/detect the manufacture of dangerous contraband within,” State Corrections Director Scott Frakes said in a written statement released by the department. “More than 80 percent of our population has some level of substance abuse issues, which creates an environment of demand. The work we do watching, searching, and working our intelligence network reduces the problem, but it doesn’t eliminate it.”