DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - Dameon Wesley, the convicted killer who had just recently been paroled, then accused of fatally shooting Dayton teen in February, was found dead in his cell at the Montgomery County Jail Thursday morning.
Officials at the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office confirmed his death to 2 NEWS around 9:30 Thursday morning. Sheriff Phil Plummer said Wesley, 39, was found unresponsive on the floor at 7:58 a.m. Medical staff performed CPR unsuccessfully. Plummer said there were no signs of suicide or foul play. He said Wesley was housed in a single cell and referred to him as a model inmate.
A Montgomery County Coroner's representative said they will perform an autopsy, but at this time the cause of death appears to be natural.
Wesley was arrested Feb. 26 and charged with killing 13-year-old Briona Rodgers Feb. 24, 2013, in a house on Home Avenue. Another teenager was critically wounded in the shooting. Wesley was charged with murder, attempted kidnapping, an aggravated robbery.
After his arrest, Wesley was being walked from police headquarters to the Montgomery County Jail when he told 2 NEWS, "There's still good guys up in the joint that deserve their freedom. I'm just not one of them, I guess."
Wesley was released from prison in Ohio in September 2012, despite the pleas of not only the mother of his 1994 victim, but also against the recommendation of the Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office.
"The parole board is the one who didn't hold him responsible to the fullest extent of the sentence," Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck said when Wesley was taken into custody for the Rodgers killing. "They should take the responsibility for their decision and their poor judgment."
Wesley was being held on a $2 million bond.
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