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Angola inmate dies after suicide attempt

Inmate dies after suicide attempt on Sunday; officials say he set himself on fire
Posted at 2:47 PM, Dec 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-26 15:47:10-05

A Louisiana State Penitentiary inmate has died after an apparent suicide attempt on Sunday.

A release from Louisiana Department of Corrections says that 62-year-old Joel Baker set himself on fire on Sunday. He was found around 8 a.m. Sunday behind Main Prison Camp in critical condition from significant burns, officials say.

DOC and West Feliciana Sheriff's Deputies believed Baker set himself on fire as an attempt to commit suicide.

Baker was transported to a Baton Rouge hospital for treatment, but died from his injuries in the hospital on Christmas Eve.

"All evidence indicates this was a suicide attempt, and there is no indication of foul play," reads the statement.

Baker was in prison for multiple sex convictions out of Franklin Parish in 1989, including a life sentence for three counts of Aggravated Rape, three counts of Aggravated Oral Sexual Battery (10 years) , and one count of Sexual Battery (5 years).

The investigation is ongoing and no further details are being released at this time.