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KCSO: Phillips killed himself by hanging

Posted at 2:33 PM, Feb 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-03 19:01:11-05

KCSO Sheriff Donny Youngblood told The Bakersfield Californian on Wednesday that former NFL player Lawrence Phillips hanged himself.

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Phillips was found dead inside the Kern Valley State Prison last month.

Phillips had been in an Administrative Segregation Unit on single-cell status since April 11, 2013, after he was suspected of killing his cellmate, 37-year-old Damion Soward.

Phillips was currently in the early stages of the trial in Kern County for the homicide.Phillips played for the St. Louis Rams before being released in 1997 for insubordination.

also played for the Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers. He was once one of the top U.S. college football players at Nebraska.

Phillips was sent to prison in 2008 to serve a sentence of more than 31 years after he was convicted of twice choking his girlfriend in 2005 in San Diego and of driving his car into three teens later that year after a pickup football game in Los Angeles.