Police reviewing inmate death at Maine State Prison in Warren

Posted July 09, 2011, at 12:58 p.m.
Last modified July 09, 2011, at 3:15 p.m.

BELFAST, Maine — State police are reviewing the death of a convicted murderer incarcerated at the Maine State Prison in Warren.

Robert Ingerson, 65, died at approximately 11:30 p.m. Friday after being transported to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport. Ingerson had served 45 years of a life sentence for killing his wife.

A press release from the Maine Department of Corrections did not state why Ingerson had been taken to the hospital, and Associate Commissioner Jody Breton referred all comments to the Maine Medical Examiner’s Office.

Both state police and the medical examiner’s office are reviewing the death, consistent with state policy. A bill passed by the Legislature earlier this year and signed by Gov. Paul LePage requires the medical examiner to review any deaths of inmates or people in police custody — including deaths likely the result of natural causes — in order to determine whether an autopsy is needed.

No other information on Ingerson’s death was available Saturday afternoon.

Earlier this spring, an inmate serving a life sentence for murder, 51-year-old Lloyd Franklin Millett, died in a Bangor hospital several weeks after suffering a severe beating in Maine State Prison in May. That death is also under review.

Ingerson was convicted in 1966 of stabbing his estranged wife, Linda, to death while she walked home from work in Portland. He then apparently turned the knife on himself, according to past media reports.

Although given a mandatory life sentence, Ingerson was released from prison a decade later under Maine’s now-defunct parole system. In 1980, he was arrested again and put on trial on charges that he raped a 16-year-old girl.

Ingerson was not convicted of those charges, however Maine’s Parole Board rescinded his parole and reinstated the life sentence. In 1985, Ingerson lost an appeal with the Maine Supreme Judicial Court seeking to reverse the Parole Board’s decision, according to a database of court records.

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