Inmate found hanging in Sebastian County

FORT SMITH (AP) - An inmate in the Sebastian County Jail was found dead after hanging himself with a bed sheet.

The sheriff's department says 35-year-old Chamar West of Fort Smith was being held on a rape charge. The agency said Wednesday that Arkansas State Police are investigating.

Officials say West was held in a cell by himself to keep him apart from the jail's general population.

Investigators say a note was found in West's cell in which he indicated remorse for his crimes. He also asked his family to forgive him.

Jail officials are also conducting an internal investigation.

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