A January 6 defendant died of an apparent suicide while awaiting sentencing. Recently, 47-year-old Pennsylvania native Mark Aungst who pled guilty in May to parading in a restricted building was found dead. The Lycoming County coroner has ruled the death to be a suicide. Aungst was expected to serve prison time, but an exact amount had not been set yet. He faced a maximum of six months.
A new suicide prevention lifeline is launching nationwide. Starting Saturday, the code 988 will be available for call or text as the suicide prevention and mental health crisis lifeline. The line will remain open around the clock and anyone who wants to talk about their struggles can speak to a trained counselor.