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Life-sentence inmate unconscious after suicide attempt


탈옥 2년6개월만에 전남 순천 대주파크빌아파트에서 검거된 신창원이 수사관들에 의해 순천경찰서에서 부산교도소로 압송되고 있다

A notorious life-sentence prisoner, who stunned the nation for his 1997 jailbreak and more than two years of evading capture, fell into critical condition after attempting suicide in his prison cell on Thursday, prison officials said.

Shin Chang-won, 44, was spotted by a prison guard, as he was trying to strangle himself using a rubber glove in his solitary cell in Cheongsong, 322 kilometers southeast of Seoul, according to the officials.

Shin was rushed to a hospital in the nearby city of Andong, but he has remained unconscious, they said.

One official speculated that last month's death of the prisoner's father seems to be one of the motivators for his suicide attempt.

Shin left in his cell a handwritten memo that only reads, "I am sorry," another official from the Justice Ministry said. The latest attempt is not likely to pose a threat to his life, the official noted.

He was sentenced to life in prison in 1989 for robbery and murdering four people. While serving his term in 1997, he escaped from prison and evaded a police manhunt for more than two years until he was finally captured.

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자살기도 신창원 "죄송합니다" 메모 남겨

18일 새벽 자살을 기도한 '희대의 탈옥수' 신창원(44)이 감방에 자필로 "죄송합니다"라고 쓴 메모를 남겼다고 법무부가 이날 밝혔다.

법무부는 "신창원은 자살 동기 등을 적은 유서를 남기지 않고 자필로 "죄송합니다"라고 적은 메모만 남긴 것으로 확인됐다"면서 "현재 의식이 혼미한 상태지만 혈압과 맥박은 정상으로 생명에는 지장이 없는 상태다"라고 설명했다.

경북 북부 제1교도소(청송1교도소)에 수감 중인 신창원은 이날 오전 4시10분께 고무장갑을 목에 감아 자살을 기도한 것을 근무자가 발견해 안동의 한 병원으로 후송됐다.

교도소 측은 지난달 신창원의 부친이 사망한 이후 신씨가 정신적 충격을 받고 자살을 결심한 것으로 추정하고 있다고 법무부는 전했다.

신창원은 강도치사죄로 무기징역을 선고받고 복역 중이던 1997년 부산교도소를 탈옥해 2년 넘게 도피행각을 벌이다가 1999년 7월 붙잡혔다.
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