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8:48 AM Tue, Nov. 20th

Inmate tried to kill self; guards, prisoners rescue him

PRESCOTT ­ Alert jail guards and two inmates Friday rescued an inmate who tried to hang himself with bedding in a classified sex offender dorm at the Camp Verde Jail, authorities say.

Jail Commander Scott Mascher of the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office said Martin Lugo-Palomares, 41, was unconscious when the jail personnel and the inmates lifted him to safety. A detention nurse was on scene immediately to give first aid.

Emergency personnel took the inmate to the Verde Valley Medical Center where he stayed over the weekend.

"He is back in the infirmary and placed on suicide watch," Mascher said.

He added that the very quick response by everyone involved in the rescue saved the life of Lugo-Palomares, who on Feb. 1, pleaded guilty to sexual abuse charges involving a minor.

According to the plea agreement, the defendant pleaded guilty to sexual conduct with a minor younger than the age of 12, a Class 2 felony and dangerous crime against a child, and sexual conduct with a minor younger than 18, a Class 6 designated felony.

A Class 2 felony carries a mandatory prison term with a range between 13 and 27 years. The maximum for a Class 6 felony is 2 years if the court finds exceptional circumstances.

Upon his release from the Arizona Department of Corrections, the defendant must register as a sex offender. In addition, he cannot have any contact with any child under the age of 18.