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Hernando jail inmate commits suicide

BROOKSVILLE — A Hernando County inmate committed suicide Tuesday night, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

Detention deputies found Justin Michael Simonds, 26, of Lacoochee, around 7:10 p.m. He was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The sheriff's office would not release Wednesday how Simonds killed himself, citing an ongoing investigation, and an official cause of death from the medical examiner was not immediately available.

Simonds had been in jail for 68 days awaiting disposition of several drug and grand theft auto charges. He was in court as recently as late January.

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