Accused bank robber dies after choking on peanut butter in jail


DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - A Macon County inmate has died after choking on peanut butter inside the jail.

Macon County Coroner Michael Day said James Carr died after suffering a brain injury and respiratory failure from choking on a glob of peanut butter.

Carr was waiting trail on bank robbery charges.

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56-year-old Carr of Yukon, Oklahoma was pronounced dead around 2 p.m. Oct. 3 in the hospital's intensive care unit after being found in his cell at 8 a.m. on Sept. 29.

Carr was arrested May 1 after police said he robbed the First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust Branch in the 3100 block of N. Water St. in Decatur.

Police arrested in at a motel about ten minutes after the crime.

He was ruled mentally unfit to stand trial on June 13, but was sent back to the Macon County Jail on Sept. 19 when a new mental health report declared him fit.

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