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Hillsborough inmate hangs himself in the jail

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published November 9, 2000

TAMPA -- A 30-year-old inmate hanged himself at the Orient Road Jail on Wednesday.

Hillsborough County sheriff's detention deputies discovered the body of Aaron Tormey hanging in his cell at 7 a.m.

By 4 p.m., the medical examiner had ruled suicide by hanging as the cause of Tormey's death.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter said an investigator had spent all of Wednesday looking into the circumstances of Tormey's death. His findings would not be available until today, she said.

Tormey has been arrested 10 times since 1988, according to Sheriff's Office records. His latest arrest on Oct. 11 involved 10 charges ranging from loitering to aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.

Tormey's mother, Sue Eisman, said she talked to her son Tuesday night. He sounded happy then, but had been depressed at the prospect of returning to prison.

She said he was an alcoholic and couldn't control his drinking. "He never got in trouble without it," she said.

He had two sons, ages 3 and 6.

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