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Lansdale man jailed for killing mother dies in prison

Warren Pennick found unresponsive in his cell Tuesday.

Lansdale man found dead in prison cell

CAMP HILL, Pa. - A Montgomery County man who was serving time for killing his mother has died in prison.

The state prison in Camp Hill said a corrections officer performing a routine security check around 4 a.m. Tuesday discovered Warren Pennick unresponsive in his cell.

Pennick, 56, of Lansdale, had been at the prison since April 28. He was serving a 20- to 40-year sentence for third degree murder in Montgomery County.

An autopsy will be conducted by the Cumberland County coroner's office.

In January, Pennick pleaded guilty but mentally ill to the Halloween 2012 stabbing death of his 79-year-old mother in their Lansdale home.

Investigators said after killing his mother, Pennick left the 7-inch knife on her chest, changed clothes and walked to the police station to confess.

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