Death in state prison treated as homicide

Lannie Morgan

BUNKER HILL — Foul play is suspected in the death of a South Bend man who was serving time in a state prison after his conviction in Elkhart.

Staff at Miami Correctional Facility found 70-year-old Lannie Morgan unresponsive in his cell around 9:40 a.m. Monday. An ambulance was called but he died before reaching a nearby hospital, according to information from Sgt. Tony Slocum, spokesman for the Indiana State Police Peru District.

Investigators suspect foul play and are treating the death as a homicide, Slocum said. An autopsy was conducted and the results are pending.

The death is being investigated by the ISP, internal affairs for the Miami prison and the Miami County Coroner’s Office.

Morgan had been incarcerated in the Indiana Department of Corrections since he began serving a 30-year sentence in December 2011. He had pleaded guilty to two counts of child molesting, a Class A felony, and one count of incest, a Class B felony, in Elkhart County Superior Court 3.

The judge of that court, Teresa Cataldo, had denied a request from Morgan for a sentence modification in February 2018. She noted in her order that while he had completed a number of programs, including faith-based, literacy and GED classes, he did not seem to have been involved in any sex offender programs.

She also noted that he had not substantially completed any portion of his sentence at that point.

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