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A Tecumseh inmate, Gage Capone, 57, died Tuesday at 5:30 a.m. at Bryan West, according to the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services.

The cause of death has not been determined, said department Chief of Staff Laura Strimple. 

Capone’s sentence began Feb. 10, 2017. He was serving 35 to 57 years after being convicted in Lancaster County of making terroristic threats, assault by a confined person and second-degree arson. He was sentenced as a habitual criminal.

Capone was also one of four prisoners charged with arson and other felonies in connection with an incident at the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center in 2017. The inmates set a fire in the housing unit and assaulted three people, according to court documents.

Capone's name when he was sentenced in 2003 for theft and firearm charges, was James Don Walker. He changed his name to Gage Magnum Capone. 

In his first 13-year stint in prison, as he got closer to his 2016 release date, he wrote letters, grievances and interview requests to newspapers and told therapists and a corporal what he would do when he got out.

"If I start emptying clips into people when I get out the senate can blame it on you," he wrote to prison psychiatrist Dr. Martin Wetzel on July 10, 2015. "The bloodshed won't be mine."

Five months later, he told a Corrections officer he was getting out soon and was going to buy ammunition and guns and start killing people. At trial in 2016, a Corrections corporal said he wondered if Capone said what he did because he didn't want to get out of prison.

His attorney said at the time Capone spent time in the Navy and had post-traumatic stress disorder, psychosis, anxiety and depression.

As is the case whenever an inmate dies in the custody of the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services, a grand jury will conduct an investigation, Strimple said.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7228 or jyoung@journalstar.com

On Twitter @LJSLegislature.

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