Man arrested on federal parole warrant found hanging in cell

David Williams

KOSCIUSKO, Miss. (AP) – A man convicted of threatening President Barack Obama and a hospital that refused to do surgery on his wife has died in the Attala County jail.

Sheriff Tim Nail tells multiple media outlets that 48-year-old David Williams was found hanging from a belt in his cell around 3:40 a.m. Sunday. Nail says Williams was alone in the cell before his body was discovered.

Nail says Williams was arrested on a federal probation warrant on Friday.

An autopsy has been ordered. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation has joined the investigation.

Williams was sentenced in 2011 to 10 months in federal prison. He had been arrested that July after University of Mississippi Medical Center officials in Jackson reported that he made the threats during an irate telephone call. He pleaded guilty to two counts.

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