Suicide death of convicted killer investigated

New Britain police booking photo of Sherri Clarke, Sept. 2009.
New Britain police booking photo of Sherri Clarke, Sept. 2009.

NIANTIC, Conn. (WTNH) — The Connecticut Department of Correction is looking into the suicide of an inmate at the York Correctional Institution.

On Thursday, August 21, correctional staff going about their routine tours found 40-year-old Sherri Clarke of New Britain with a ligature tied to her neck. She was the only inmate in the cell at the time. Clarke was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.

She was sentenced to 25 years for felony murder and entered the York Correctional Institution in September of 2009.

According to the New Haven Register, Clarke and her boyfriend were convicted of killing a man to steal his drugs, and chopping the body into 15 pieces. Clarke arranged to by the drugs from the victim in an isolated area near the New Britain-Plainville line. According to police, the robbery netted the couple $50 in cash.

The couple was later caught on surveillance cameras at a home improvement store in Berlin, which showed Clarke and her boyfriend buying two saws, one of which is believed to have been used to dismember the victim’s body, according to the court documents.

The death is still under investigation. The cause of death will be determined by the State Medical Examiner’s Office.

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