Holman inmate found dead

Published 6:38 pm Tuesday, August 26, 2014

An inmate at the Holman Correctional Facility died of an apparent suicide Monday.

According to Kristi Gates, public information officer of the Alabama Department of Corrections, the man was a capital murder convict from Autauga County.

Justin Tyler Hosch, 26, was pronounced dead in his cell Monday. The official cause of death is pending autopsy results from the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences.

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Hosch was sentenced to death on Oct. 14, 2010. He was convicted of the Oct. 19, 2008, shooting death of 49-year-old Joey Willmore at Willmore’s auto repair shop in the Pine Level community of Autauga County.

Hosch was charged with two counts of capital murder, because prosecutors stated Willmore was intentionally murdered during the commission of a robbery. Hosch was also convicted of burglary and theft of property charges.

According to reports, Hosch had escaped from the Frank Lee Youth Facility on Oct. 14, 2008. He had been sentenced to the minimum-security facility for possession of marijuana and receiving stolen property in Madison County.

Prosecutors told the jury they believed Willmore was killed so that Hosch could steal his pickup truck and use it to leave the area.