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Ryan Brunn Dead After Apparent Suicide

The man who confessed this week to the murder of Jorelys Rivera was found unresponsive in his cell in Jackson at 4:15 p.m. today.

Ryan Brunn, , is dead.

"Ryan Brunn was found unresponsive in his cell at 4:15 p.m.," Georgia Department of Corrections spokeswoman Kristen Stancil said in a statement. "He was pronounced dead at a local hospital at 5:37 p.m. of an apparent suicide."

This case has been referred to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, she said.

The statement does not mention if he was under suicide watch.

"Don't have that info at this time," Stancil wrote in an email to Canton-Sixes Patch.

Gwendolyn Hogan, another DOC spokeswoman, told Patch that Brunn "was in his individual cell so he wasn't anywhere else off by himself or whatnot. All inmates have individual cells." 

Asked how Brunn may have killed himself, Hogan said "those are details that are under investigation, and the department doesn't comment on pending investigations."

It was just this past Tuesday that  as part of an extraordinary deal that included a detailed confession before a packed courtroom and a sentence of life without parole.

Jorelys, a Canton Elementary first-grader, was  where she lived. Authorities  in a compacting Dumpster from the complex on Dec. 5. An autopsy found that she likely died 60 to 90 minutes after she disappeared. Jorelys had been , GBI director Vernon Keenan said during a Dec. 6 press conference.

On Dec. 7, law enforcement arrested , who'd recently moved to area from Dahlonega.

After spending more than a month at the , he was officially turned over to the Department of Corrections at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and transferred to the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson.

Agents from the GBI's Milledgeville office are in Jackson now to investigate Brunn's death, spokesman John Bankhead told Canton-Sixes Patch.

"An autopsy will be done at the GBI crime lab hopefully tomorrow," he said.

Jorelys' father, Ricardo Galarza, told CNN en Espanol that news of Brunn's death partly made him "feel good but, on the other hand, it doesn't because my daughter will never be with me again."

Galarza said that he felt that a lifetime of Brunn being watched after, "eating three times a day (and) sleeping with air conditioning" while in prison was not enough.

"What I wanted was for them to put him in the electric chair and burn him," the father said. "I would have taken him there myself and prepared it, so he would burn."

The girl's mother, Jocelyn Rivera, told WAGA-TV of Brunn's death: “This is the kind of justice that I was expecting for him for all the damage that he made to my little daughter... Now I can say that I feel satisfied.”

Stay tuned to Canton-Sixes Patch for updates.

For all of Canton-Sixes Patch's coverage of the Jorelys Rivera case, go to http://canton-ga.patch.com/topics/jorelys-rivera.

Ruth Wagner January 20, 2012 at 02:50 AM
certainly saves the taxpayers the price of 3 hots and a cot
oh yea January 20, 2012 at 04:26 AM
i think its a cover up everybody knows how the gards n inmates r wen it comes to babys rapers n killers the gaurds will turn ther bak iv herd lots of storys in the same situation. I realy think its a cover up but realy cnt blame them cause tax payers have to support thes sob wile on death row fro 30 years, three hots n medical n etc etc that we have to pay so yea till we can start the justice system n killing the basterds in maybe a year after conviction so yea im all for it with the gards n inmates to just finish them off asap
Dirk Whittemore January 20, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Kasi, you're exactly right. It's a well known fact that prison inmates have no tolerance for child molesters and child murderers. Many molesters have been killed by other inmates when it's found out. This could have very easily been made to look like a suicide, and would not have taken but just a very few minutes to carry it out. Josh, he didn't get the death penalty. He pled to the charges to avoid the death penalty, and was sentenced to life instead.
Josh January 20, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Dirk, I know he did not get the death penalty. Kasi said that someone trying to avoid the death penalty would not kill themselves. That is not true at all. If he did NOT plead guilty he would have to go to trial, and THEN get sentenced to death. When you get sentenced to death, it takes up to 30 years sometimes to actually perform the execution. He plead guilty because he had every intention of killing himself anyway, so he wanted to avoid trial and just plead guilty, to end his life.
Tessa Pointer January 21, 2012 at 12:42 AM
He got what he desearved and desearved more, regardless how he died. Bet he did not have the fear like that little girl did. Lets not forget there is another Mother and Brother who did nothing but is hurting also, they have lost a son and brother. They also have to live with the shame he left them with. No one wins. So sad!

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