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Calhoun County inmate dies three weeks after suicide attempt

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BATTLE CREEK (WKZO) -- A man who attempted to hang himself in the Calhoun County Jail back on May 25th has now died from the injuries.

64-year-old Richard Willavize was being held prior to sentencing for a domestic abuse complaint that escalated into unlawful imprisonment, assault and weapons charges when he became engaged in an armed stand-off with police last October, at his home on Gorsline Road.

He was facing up to 2 years for using a gun and 15-years on the other charges at sentencing later this month.

His suicide is under investigation, to determine if jail procedures could have prevented it or failed to stop it.

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