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Local murderer indicted in prison death

An area man convicted of murdering four people in Shelby County several years ago has been indicted for killing an inmate last fall.

On Monday, a Lucas County grand jury indicted Michael Hensley (pictured), 43, formerly of Sidney, in the strangulation of inmate Bradley Hamlin, 24, formerly of Mantua.

The State Highway Patrol investigated the death in September 2012. Hamlin was found unresponsive in Hensley’s cell at the Toledo Correctional Institution and died two days later at St. Vincent’s Mercy Medical Center in Toledo.

Hamlin was serving a five-year sentence for burglary, breaking and entering, and theft in Portage and Cuyahoga counties.

Following Hamlin’s death, Hensley was transferred to the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville.

Hensley is serving four life sentences plus 80 years for the July 1999 deaths of three teenagers and a Bible study teacher and wounding a fifth person in Shelby County.

After the murders, he fled the state. He was captured five days later after a standoff at a Sidney gas station.

Hensley was sentenced in March 2000 as part of a plea agreement.

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