Corrections-logoA man, just recently sent to prison for killing two people in southwest Iowa, has died from an apparent suicide.

Thirty-seven-year-old Jerry Dillinger was arrested in mid-December for the shooting deaths of his ex-sister-in-law, Loretta Dillinger, and her boyfriend, Michael Robinson.

Loretta Dillinger’s body was found in a pond near Lorimor, while Robinson’s body was buried in Thayer. At his first court appearance in January, Jerry Dillinger unexpectedly pleaded guilty to both murders and was sentenced to life in prison.

Iowa Department of Corrections officials say Dillinger was found hanging from a bed sheet in his cell last night and he was pronounced dead a short time later at University Hospitals in Iowa City.