From our partners at Sidney Daily News - By Patricia Ann Speelman
William Rose, of Sidney, who was convicted of child rape and sentenced last week to 27 years in prison, died early Tuesday morning in the Ohio Department of Corrections Correctional Reception Center in Orient.
According to prison officials, he had been transported there from Shelby County and was processed into the center at 12:45 p.m. Monday. Less than 12 hours later, he was dead. The incident is under investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, which handles investigations for crimes committed within the prison system.
Angela Hill, public information officer at the reception center, said that Rose had been placed into an ordinary cell block at the facility.
She said that the center has cells that accommodate single prisoners as well as those that hold more than one person. When asked what type cell Rose had been committed to, she said that information was part of the investigation and she was not permitted to divulge it.
She also provided no information about the cause of death which was recorded as taking place at 12:29 a.m. Tuesday.
"I'm not allow to release details of how he died this morning," she said by phone Tuesday.
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