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EBRSO: Inmate accused of strangling his cell mate to death with blanket

17-year-old Tyrin Colbert (Source: EBRSO) 17-year-old Tyrin Colbert (Source: EBRSO)
17-year-old Kermitious Thomas (Source: EBRSO) 17-year-old Kermitious Thomas (Source: EBRSO)
Tyrin Colbert (Source: Facebook) Tyrin Colbert (Source: Facebook)
Tyrin Colbert (Source: Facebook) Tyrin Colbert (Source: Facebook)

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of an inmate at the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

According to deputies, they found 17-year-old Tyrin Colbert unresponsive inside of his cell Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. during cell checks. Colbert had a section of blanket wrapped around his neck.

Deputies transported Colbert to a local hospital where he was listed in critical condition. He died Thursday morning after being taken off of life support.   

Detectives investigating the incident say that they were informed by other inmates that Colbert and his cell mate, 17-year-old Kermitious Thomas, had gotten into an altercation over a blanket. During the altercation, Thomas allegedly pulled Colbert off of the top bunk onto the floor and then began to strangle him with the blanket until he was unconscious.

Thomas has now has been charged with second-degree murder.

Thomas was originally booked into the parish prison on December 29 for unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. At the time of his arrest, he was out on bond on charges of illegal possession of a handgun by a juvenile, resisting an officer and firearm free zone.

Colbert was booked by BRPD on November 4 on a warrant for sexual battery, two counts of indecent behavior with juveniles and simple battery.

Hicks said both inmates were 17-years-old and that is why legally they have to be held in a two-man cell compared to the other cells where adult inmates are housed. 

"In most cases, we have dormitories that have multiple inmates that are all together with the bunks so typically these are more secure, more safer two people cells," said EBRSO spokesperson Casey Rayborn Hicks. 

Hicks said this death only goes to prove their need for a new prison as the current one is simply not safe for the deputies or inmates and updating the current one simply will not work. 

"What we're talking about at this point trying to repair or renovate what's an outdated crumbling building," said Hicks. "What we proposed in a new facility would certainly be a layout that has more visibility for deputies, just a better layout as far as surveillance cameras & things like that."

Colbert's death is the first such incident at the EBR Parish Prison since at least 2007. 

The incident remains under investigation. 

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