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Inmate dies in Winnebago County Jail

ROCKFORD (WREX) — The Winnebago County Coroner's Office says an inmate at the county jail has died after he was found hanging in his jail cell.

Winnebago County Coroner Bill Hintz identified the victim as Joseph McCormick, 27, of Rockford.

Hintz says his office was called to SwedishAmerican Hospital on Dec. 1. for the report of a death.

Hintz says McCormick was discovered hanging in a jail cell and was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

An autopsy shows McCormick died due asphyxia caused by the hanging.

McCormick was one of two men who were indicted on attempted first degree murder and armed robbery charges earlier in 2019.

Authorities say McCormick and Bradley Wooden, 22, committed four armed robberies total, two on April 19th and two on April 20th.

The attempted first degree murder charges come from injuries a victim sustained during one of the robberies on April 20th.

McCormick's death is under investigation by the Winnebago Boone Integrity Task Force.

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