State: Man convicted of 2005 killing hanged himself in prison

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The state Corrections Chief says the Vermont prison inmate who killed himself in Florida had threatened prison staff and other inmates.

And that’s why 53-year-old James Richitelli of Eastford, Connecticut, had been sent to a maximum security federal prison.

But Corrections Commissioner Rob Hofmann says there was no indication he posed a threat to himself.

Richitelli’s death will be investigated by the federal bureau of prisons.

Officials say Richitelli was found hanging in his cell just before 4:30 Monday afternoon. Richitelli pleaded guilty last year to a charge of aggravated murder for the killing of 47-year-old Thomas Patras and 36-year-old Valerie Papillo in Montgomery.

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