Vermont inmate Herbert Rodgers dies in jail

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A Vermont man who in a jealous rage doused his estranged wife with industrial-strength lye and burned her so badly she needed a face transplant has died at a Pennsylvania hospital.

Sixty-two-year-old Herbert Rodgers had been serving a 30- to 70-year prison sentence in Pennsylvania and died Monday. 

Vermont officials say it appears Rodgers' death was 'related to a medical issue.'

Rodgers admitted breaking into Carmen Tarleton's house in 2007 intending to kill a man with whom he believed she was romantically involved. 

He poured the toxic chemical over her and later said, 'I lost it, I just lost it.'

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Sixty-two-year-old Herbert Rodgers (above), who had been serving a 30- to 70-year prison sentence in Pennsylvania, died on Monday

Sixty-two-year-old Herbert Rodgers (above), who had been serving a 30- to 70-year prison sentence in Pennsylvania, died on Monday

In a jealous rage, Rodgers doused his estranged wife with industrial-strength lye and burned her so badly she needed a face transplant. Carmen Tarleton is seen above in August 2008, just a year after the attack

In a jealous rage, Rodgers doused his estranged wife with industrial-strength lye and burned her so badly she needed a face transplant. Carmen Tarleton is seen above in August 2008, just a year after the attack

On a spring night in 2007, Rodgers broke into Tarleton's home and beat her with a baseball bat. He then doused her with industrial strength Lye, a metal hydroxide used to make soap, oven cleaners, and drain openers. Tarleton is seen above in an undated photo before the attack

On a spring night in 2007, Rodgers broke into Tarleton's home and beat her with a baseball bat. He then doused her with industrial strength Lye, a metal hydroxide used to make soap, oven cleaners, and drain openers. Tarleton is seen above in an undated photo before the attack

In 2009, Rodgers, who at this point was Tarleton’s ex-husband, pleaded guilty to maiming her in exchange for a prison sentence of at least 30 years. Police previously said Rodgers believed his wife (seen above in 1986) was seeing another man and went to her house to attack him

In 2009, Rodgers, who at this point was Tarleton’s ex-husband, pleaded guilty to maiming her in exchange for a prison sentence of at least 30 years. Police previously said Rodgers believed his wife (seen above in 1986) was seeing another man and went to her house to attack him

The Vermont health services director will conduct a review of Rodgers' death.

Vermont houses some inmates out of state to alleviate overcrowding in its prisons.

Rodgers was imprisoned in Michigan but was moved to Pennsylvania in June.

On a spring night in 2007, Rodgers broke into Tarleton's home and beat her with a baseball bat.

He then doused her with industrial strength Lye, a metal hydroxide used to make soap, oven cleaners, and drain openers.

Nearly six years after the attack, the Vermont nurse underwent a full facial transplant. She is seen above speaking at a news conference in 2013 at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston

Nearly six years after the attack, the Vermont nurse underwent a full facial transplant. She is seen above speaking at a news conference in 2013 at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston

In 2009, Rodgers, who at this point was Tarleton’s ex-husband, pleaded guilty to maiming her in exchange for a prison sentence of at least 30 years.

Police previously said Rodgers believed his wife was seeing another man and went to her house to attack him. 

Tarleton mistook the intruder for a burglar at first and told him he could have whatever he wanted. 

Then Rodgers launched into a fury, fracturing one of Tarleton’s eye sockets and breaking her arm with the bat.

He had brought lye with him in a squeeze bottle and he poured it on Tarleton.

When police arrived, the brunette’s heart-shaped face already was distorted, her skin turning brown. 

She was trying to crawl into a shower to wash away the

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