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Maryland inmate found dead in cell; death may be homicide

CUMBERLAND — Corrections officials are investigating the death of an inmate in a Cumberland prison as a possible homicide.

The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services says 59-year-old Terrance Cirata was found dead in his cell at North Branch Correctional Institution Thursday morning.

Maryland State Police say a correction officer check Cirata’s cell about 8 a.m. and found him unresponsive on a bunk. CPR was done, but Cirata was pronounced dead.

Troopers say no obvious signs of significant trauma were seen. Cirata’s body was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for autopsy.

Officials say Cirata’s cellmate and other inmates are being questioned.

Cirata was serving 25 years for sex offenses and has been in prison since 2011.