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Inmate Death at Nebraska State Penitentiary

Inmate Death at Nebraska State Penitentiary


CONTACT Dawn-Renee Smith, Communications Director

OFFICE 402-479-5713 | dawnrenee.smith@nebraska.gov

May 8, 2018 (Lincoln, Neb.) – William J. Bland (68), #78761, died today at 6:15 a.m. at the Nebraska State Penitentiary. His sentence began on September 12, 2013. He was serving a 10 to 14 year sentence for possession of a controlled substance/cocaine (habitual criminal) from Lancaster County.  

Cause of death has not been determined. As is the case whenever an inmate dies in the custody of the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services, a grand jury will conduct an investigation.