Prisoner steamed to death in US prison

October 29, 2015

A convicted murderer was allowed to burn to death in a United States maximum-security prison, an investigative report revealed on Tuesday.

Thirty-five-year-old Louis S. Leysath III was serving a 30-year sentence at Jessup Correctional Institution after pleading guilty in 2010 to first-degree murder in Charles County in the US.

Reports are that on February 19, Leysath was placed in a single cell for “close observation” after he started displaying odd behaviour such as talking and smiling inappropriately.

However, while in the cell Leysath managed to remove a huge metal cover from the heating system and the steam from the heater burnt him to death the following day.

Three guards who were on duty at the time of the incident were placed on administrative leave however, prison officials have not indicated whether any other disciplinary actions were taken against them.


Leysath’s family has filed a wrongful death claim against the state claiming Leysath should have been removed from his cell even forcibly to prevent his death.

'How does the cell get filled with steam, to the point that you get steamed to death, if somebody's watching you?" said William Renahan,  the attorney representing the family when he spoke with The Associated Press.

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