Dustin Klopp

Dustin Klopp, in orange, is shown leaving a court hearing in February. 

The Lancaster County prison board plans no disciplinary action against staff related to accused wife killer Dustin Klopp hanging himself in his cell last month, a county official said Monday.

Staff found Klopp with a sheet around his neck within the 30-minute span required between checks, said Scott Martin, county commissioner and prison board chair.

"All the policies and procedures were followed by our staff members," Martin said in a phone interview.

He said Klopp attempted the hanging after a check by staff and after his cellmate left for an evening activity. Martin said it's possible Klopp "waited to have the right situation occur" before attempting to kill himself.

Security video showed no one entering the cell during the time between checks. Martin said the security camera did not have a view inside the cell.

Death was by passive hanging, meaning Klopp could have saved his life by standing up, the commissioner said.

Martin said staff is to be commended for resuscitation efforts when the attempt was discovered at 7:25 p.m. Feb. 25. Taken to Lancaster General Hospital, Klopp was declared brain-dead and removed from life support Feb. 27.

Klopp was awaiting trial in Lancaster County Court on charges he killed his wife, Stephanie Kilhefner, 34, of Paradise Township. Police said an ax was used in the Christmas Eve slaying.

Kent Kroehler, of the Have A Heart advocacy group, commended Lancaster County Prison for major improvements in suicide prevention in the past year, but said Monday that more needs to be done.

"We need a multi-disciplinary blue-ribbon committee" to look in greater detail at suicide prevention, Kroehler, a retired minister, said.

Klopp’s death was the 16th suicide at the prison since 1998, according to LNP records. Three of those deaths occurred this year.