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Valrico murder suspect in critical condition after attempting to hang himself in jail

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Posted at 12:03 PM, Aug 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-13 17:35:20-04

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — The Valrico murder suspect who strangled a carjacking victim with a belt and stole his clothes before leaving him in bushes last week attempted to commit suicide, according to deputies.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said James Hanson, who is at the Falkenburg Road Jail without bond, attempted to hang "himself with a sheet he concealed under his towel intended for showering" around 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

Hanson is listed in critical condition at Tampa General Hospital, deputies said.


HCSO said a deputy noticed Hanson's attempt, intervened and quickly began performing CPR on him before calling EMS.

Hanson was charged with the following felonies after robbing the CenterState Bank in Valrico and carjacking, kidnapping and murdering 68-year-old Mathew Korattiyil:

  • Pre-Meditated First Degree Murder
  • Carjacking
  • Grand Theft Motor Vehicle
  • Kidnapping
  • Resisting an Officer with Violence
  • Robbery (Less than $300)