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Man beaten in transport van dies

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A man beaten by an inmate in a Pinellas sheriff's transport van has died.

Back in July, 59-year-old Thomas Morrow suffered a collapsed lung, ruptured spleen, and severe brain injuries.

He died at 6 a.m. Thursday, the sheriff's office said.

Morrow had been detained under the Marchman Act by Pinellas deputies on July 6 for being drunk, and was put in the transport van with another man.

Leonard Lanni, 36, had been arrested at St. Pete Beach's Sirata Beach Resort for drunkenly trying to pick fights with customers and employees.

The sheriff's office said Morrow fell to the floor of the van, and that's when Leonard Lanni began kicking him.

By the time the driver saw the attack on a surveillance camera and pulled over, Morrow had sustained life-threatening injuries.

After the attack, Lanni was initially charged with aggravated battery, but the charges were upgraded to attempted 2nd degree murder.

He will now face murder charges, the sheriff's office said.


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