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Homicide suspected: Inmate death in South Georgia prison

Special Agents with the Georgia Department of Corrections’ (GDC) Office of Professional Standards are conducting an investigation into the death of Valdosta State Prison inmate Joshua Roman on Wednesday as a suspected homicide.

Agents have reason to believe Roman died as a result of injuries sustained during an altercation involving another inmate. Inmate Roman was pronounced dead at 10:00 a.m. by the Lowndes County Coroner.

In 2012, Roman was sentenced in Lumpkin County for child molestation and had a maximum release date of 2026.

According to the Valdosta Daily Times, Roman is the fifth inmate that has died at the Valdosta State Prison for 2018, according to reports. Five deaths were reported inside of the prison in 2017.

Jeremy Spencer grew up in rural South Georgia and has served as a healthcare provider, high school science teacher, school administrator, and state education official. Jeremy is currently the market and content manager for All on Georgia-Camden and Glynn Counties. Jeremy’s focus is local news, statewide education issues, and statewide political commentary for the All on Georgia News Network. Jeremy has served as an education policy analyst for local legislators and state education leaders as well as a campaign strategist for local and statewide political campaigns. Jeremy holds degrees in science and education from the University of Georgia, Piedmont College, and Valdosta State University. Jeremy has lived in Camden County for over 17 years.

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