SIOUX FALLS, SD – The South Dakota Department of Corrections says James McVay, a death row inmate, has taken his own life. McVay, 44, reportedly killed himself in his cell in the Jameson Annex overnight. Penitentiary staff tried CPR but he was pronounced dead at the prison.
McVay was convicted of first-degree murder in Minnehaha County and sentenced to death earlier this year. He had pleaded guilty but mentally ill to the July 2011 murder of Maybelle Schein of Sioux Falls.