Authorities in Essex County, N.J., were investigating the suspicious death this weekend of an inmate at the county jail.
A man was found hanged in his jail cell this week, after being arrested when police caught him sleeping in a restaurant on Staten Island.
Some opponents have launched a petition demanding that Mayor Michael Bloomberg stop a replica of a Rikers Island jail cell from being mounted in Petrosino Square in SoHo, calling the exhibition an insult to Italian-Americans.
The guilty plea spares 54-year-old Sickler from standing trial for allegedly later trying to arrange his wife’s murder from his jail cell.
State prisons officials say a man awaiting trial on attempted murder and other charges has apparently committed suicide in his cell.