Florida man accused of killing aunt, stabbing father 23 times found hanging in cell: Deputies

A Polk County, Florida, inmate awaiting trial for allegedly killing his aunt and stabbing his father 23 times was found hanging from a sheet in an apparent suicide, as reported by Orlando Sentinel.

WFTS reports that Pedro Vega Jr., 46, was found dead in his isolation cell during a Sunday night inmate check. A detention deputy found Vega slumped against a wall with a sheet around his neck.

Fellow deputies cut down Vega and attempted to revive him but he was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

“Pedro Vega had a history of escape and escape attempts – in fact, he tried to escape custody when he was in the hospital last week. He appears to not to have wanted to spend the rest of his life in prison for his many heinous crimes, including murder,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd revealed in a press release. “He was a very violent man, on a mission to escape, and ultimately, he did.”

Vega was transferred from the Osceola County Jail to Polk County Jail on Saturday. A search of the isolation cell recovered two plastic spoons with sharpened ends that investigators believe were used to push the sheet’s torn ends into the air-return vent. Deputies also found a noose in a pillowcase.

Authorities note the 46-year-old was arrested Wednesday for allegedly stabbing his aunt, Rosa Vega, 59, 14 times and also stabbing his father Pedro Vega Sr., 70, 23 times at their home. Vega Sr. was reportedly found with his hands and feet bound. He is currently being treated for his injuries.

Vega Jr., who was released from prison in 2014, was also wanted for stabbing and beating his estranged wife in May, according to WTVT.

He was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2001 for escape and five years for burglary. Orlando Sentinel reports that he was also sentenced in 2002 for aggravated stalking and witness intimidation.

Vega Jr. was facing a slew of serious charges, including first-degree murder, four counts of attempted first-degree murder, and armed burglary at the time of his death.

[Featured Image: Polk County Sheriff’s Office]