Larry Kobielnik: Pinellas County inmate found dead in his cell hours before sentencing

ST. PETERSBURG (AP) -- An inmate has been found dead inside a cell at the Pinellas County Jail hours before he was scheduled for sentencing in a sexual battery case.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office says detention deputies found 38-year-old Larry Kobielnik hanging in his cell early Thursday.

The sheriff's office says Kobielnik was being held in a single person cell in the maximum security section of the jail.

An investigation of his death is underway.

Kobeilnik was convicted Aug. 13 on charges of sexual battery and impersonating a law enforcement officer in July. He was due in court Thursday morning for sentencing on those charges.

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