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Mike Lang undated


Following a North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation review, the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation will not further probe the death of a Burleigh-Morton county inmate who died after a medical event in jail last fall.

"There’s not going to be any further review needed on our side," DOCR spokeswoman Michelle Linster said Friday, adding that facility operations director Don Redmann reviewed BCI's report into inmate Mike Lang's death. The DOCR oversees the state's county jails.

Lang died Sept. 13 after being hospitalized for a week following a seizure or heart attack at the Burleigh-Morton County Detention Center. His family said he also had injuries including a broken nose and broken cheek bones.

BCI released its report on Feb. 2 and had "no concerns," according to Burleigh County Sheriff's Maj. Steve Hall.

After an autopsy, state forensic medical examiner Dr. William Massello III ruled Lang's cause of death as heart disease.

Ckierra Lang disputes her husband's cause of death and said Lang was likely beaten in the jail by another inmate because of his criminal charge for luring minors by computer.

Hall previously said no related assault took place in the jail.

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