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April 05, 2018

Main Jail Inmate Death

On April 4, 2018, a 57-year-old inmate died while in custody at the Sacramento County Main Jail.  The man was taken into custody on March 21, 2018, when he was booked into the jail for charges relating to felony marijuana cultivation and marijuana sales.

At approximately 2:38 a.m. a deputy conducted an hourly visual cell check on the housing unit where the victim was housed with another inmate and found nothing unusual.  At 3:34 a.m. a deputy again entered the housing unit to conduct another hourly visual cell check.  While in the housing unit, the deputy observed the victim leaning against the door inside his cell.  Upon closer inspection, the deputy could see the victim had a ligature around his neck.  The deputy opened the cell door and the man fell to the floor.  The ligature was removed and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was started immediately by Sheriff’s Department personnel.

The Sacramento City Fire Department arrived on scene and pronounced the man deceased.  At this point, there is no information leading investigators to suspect foul play.

The Sheriff’s Department will complete a thorough inmate death investigation in accordance with department procedures and state laws.  The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office will determine the cause of death and forward its findings as prescribed by law.  The Coroner’s Office will release the name of the deceased after notification has been made to his next of kin.

Sergeant Shaun Hampton

Sheriff’s Spokesman

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