LINCOLN – A Tecumseh inmate died in a Lincoln hospital with two separate illegal drugs in his system.
22-year-old Daelan Lamere died at Bryan West in Lincoln on Tuesday. He was found unresponsive in his cell at Tecumseh state prison May 27 and was taken to Johnson County Hospital, before being transferred to Lincoln.
Nebraska Correctional Services say Lamere tested positive for meth and MDMA, better known as ecstasy.
An official cause of death has not been determined.
Corrections Director Scott Frakes says that over 80 percent of inmates have substance abuse issues and his department will continue to work to stop drugs from entering prisons.
“NDCS is diligent in its efforts to keep contraband from entering facilities and to prevent/detect the manufacture of dangerous contraband within,” says Frakes.
Lamere has been in the Tecumseh prison since October 30, 2013, after being sentenced 6 to 11 years on robbery and weapon charges in Douglas County. He had a tentatively scheduled to be released in September of 2020.
He is among four Tecumseh inmates to die under unusual circumstances this year.
Damon Fitzgerald, 39, and Michael Galindo, 31, are believed to have been murdered by inmates after a prison uprising on March 2. Fitzgerald was serving 310 to 470 years for sexual assault, robbery and other offenses. Galindo was serving 12 to 21 years for robbery and forgery.
Terry Berry Jr., 22, was found in his cell after he was strangled by a towel. His cellmate, 39-year-old Patrick Schroeder is charged with his murder.