The Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Department has announced the death of a jail inmate, and they say it was captured on security video.
46-year-old Robert Matthew Lombardo had been in jail for only three days after he was arrested on Tuesday. He stood accused of murdering his father and step-mother.
According to Sheriff Sam Craft’s office, shortly before 1:00 on Friday afternoon, jail personnel monitoring surveillance cameras noticed Lombardo fall to the floor. Craft noted that Lombardo was alone in a segregation cell.
Craft said jailers went to the cell immediately and began administering CPR, and noticed an injury to Lombardo’s left eye. Despite life-saving efforts by both jail staff and an ambulance crew, Lombardo died.
According to Craft, video from Lombardo’s cell was reviewed and showed him sitting on the edge of his bed. Craft said Lombardo took an ink pen and forcefully shove his face area down onto the end of the pen twice before falling to the floor.
Craft said personnel from the coroner’s office determined that a significant length of the ink pen penetrated Lombardo's eye and punctured his orbital socket, resulting in a fatal brain injury.
Lombardo had been charged on Tuesday, February 16th with two counts of 2nd Degree Murder, the day after Joseph Lombardo, 83, and Rita Lombardo, 60, were found beaten to death in their home at Jeane Chapel Trailer Park, about 3 miles southeast of Leesville. Investigators say it’s believed the couple had been deceased for 2-3 days.