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Photo courtesy of Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office

At approximately 12:48 p.m. on Friday, February 19, 2021, Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office jail personnel were monitoring the surveillance cameras within the jail and witnessed offender, Robert Matthew Lombardo, 46, fall to the floor in his segregation cell where he was housed alone.

Jail personnel responded to the cell immediately and began providing medical assistance and CPR to Lombardo.

Jail personnel observed some type of injury to Lombardo's left eye. Ambulance personnel arrived on the scene and continued to preform CPR and attempted other life saving measures, but they were unsuccessful in reviving Lombardo.

Detectives arrived and processed the scene.

The only items in Lombardo's cell at the time were personal hygiene items, writing paper, one ink pen, one western novel, and a Bible.

Lombardo had been arrested and charged with two counts of Second Degree Murder on February 16th, 2021 in relation to the murders of his father and stepmother in Jeane Chapel Trailer Park.

The investigation is ongoing.

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