Lee County Sheriff

A Lee County inmate is in critical condition in Rockford after attempting suicide in Dixon. Sheriff John Simonton says Richard Nichols was found hanging in his cell about 3am Sunday during a routine cell check. Deputies performed life-saving procedures on the 61-year old Nichols.  Nichols was taken to KSB Hospital then St. Anthony’s in Rockford.  

He was in jail for Domestic Battery,  Interfering with reporting of a Domestic Battery and on a parole hold for the Department of Corrections.  Detectives from Bureau and two other counties will look into the incident as is done after this type of incident.

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