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Ex-airport boss James Warner found dead after missing jail date

A Detroit airport boss convicted of bribery killed himself a day after he was due to begin serving a 10-year prison sentence, officials said.

Federal marshals found the body of James Warner, a former Detroit Metropolitan Airport supervisor, in the garage of his home in Commerce Township on Friday, according to reports. They issued an emergency arrest warrant for him after he failed to report to jail on Thursday morning.

Warner, 55, was seated next to a car and a canister of compressed nitrogen, according to a Detroit Free Press report.

He is believed to have died of carbon monoxide poisoning, the outlet said. An autopsy is scheduled for today.

Warner had been convicted of multiple bribery and money laundering charges in June 2019. Prosecutors said Warner directed $43.7 million in airport contracts to three co-conspirators in exchange for a bribe. wine de-vin of 6 million dollars.

“There are no words to express how I feel about this,” Warner attorney Harold Gurewitz told the Detroit Free Press.

Last month, the United States Supreme Court denied its request to review Warner’s corruption case, the largest in the city’s history.

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