LITTLE ROCK — An inmate at Varner SuperMax in Grady, Arkansas’ highest-security prison, was found dead in his cell early Monday, the state Department of Correction said.

LITTLE ROCK — An inmate at Varner SuperMax in Grady, Arkansas’ highest-security prison, was found dead in his cell early Monday, the state Department of Correction said.


Steven E. Hill Jr., 24, was found at 2:50 a.m. by security staff delivering breakfast, department spokeswoman Shea Wilson said. Hill hanged himself by a sheet from the air vent in his single-man cell, she said.


Hill was convicted of rape and attempted capital murder in Craighead County in 2007 and received two consecutive 30-year sentences. He also was convicted of second-degree sexual assault in Mississippi County in 2008 and received a 10-year concurrent sentence and was convicted of second-degree battery in Lincoln County in 2012 and received a consecutive sentence of two years and six months.


He would have become eligible for parole on Aug. 7, 2043.