Man who assaulted inmate, stole $4.3 million from prison to buy a Porsche, Corvette, Rolls Royce, and Bentley dies in jail

SULLIVAN COUNTY, Alabama — A man who assaulted an inmate and stole $3.3 billion from the jail died in jail this week.

Manfred Janssen, 63, died from complications of brain cancer on Aug. 5 at the state penitentiary in Moultrie, about 50 miles east of Birmingham, Alabama.

Janssen had been charged in the September 2016 slaying of Steven Allen Johnson, who was fatally shot by another inmate at the jail.

According to court records, Jansssen was a former member of the U.S. Postal Service.

The Associated Press reported that Jansson was convicted of murder in the death of Johnson.

“He had been a member of a U.N. commission investigating the conditions of the Alabama penitentiaries, the Associated Press said.

He was found in a coma and was in the intensive care unit at the time of his death, according to the state medical examiner.

Authorities had initially said Jansds death was a suicide.

A funeral service will be held Friday.