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Jail inmate commits suicide


by: CLACKAMAS COUNTY JAIL - Brandon Barker shown here in a June 2012 mugshot. A Clackamas County Jail inmate committed suicide in his cell July 4, according to authorities.

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office says Brandon Anthony Barker, 28, used a bed sheet to hang himself. Jail personnel reportedly attempted to revive him.

Barker was in the jail on charges of fourth-degree assault, strangulation, interference with a police report, and menacing.

Barker has been a Clackamas County Jail inmate 16 times, including his latest and final incarceration.

He was first lodged in custody in 2007 and police said his charge history has included thefts, criminal mischief, parole violations, assaults and domestic violence-related charges, including second-degree kidnapping, for which he received a 40-month sentence, as well as violation of restraining orders.

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