Inmate dies in Jefferson County Detention Facility, 4th in-custody death in 2015

GOLDEN, Colo. - An inmate at the Jefferson County Detention Facility was found dead in his cell Thursday night.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said deputies found the 32-year-old man at 6:05 p.m. and began CPR, but the man died. His name was not released.

The man was being held on traffic charges, and had been booked into the jail six hours earlier, officials said. His death is under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.

This is the fourth in-custody death in the Jefferson County Detention Facility in 2015, officials said. One was medical in nature, the others were suicides, deputies said.

Six Jefferson County sheriff's jail deputies were issued written reprimands after the medical death in March.

In that case, Jennifer Lobato was arrested for shoplifting and reported feeling ill the following day. She was scheduled to be seen during routine medical rounds that evening, but she stopped breathing before she could be seen by a medical professional.

The county coroner's office said Lobato suffered cardiac arrest in her cell because of repeated vomiting.

According to an internal investigation, a deputy who saw Lobato vomiting before her death said something to the effect of "that's why you shouldn't do drugs."

Referring to those remarks, Sheriff Jeff Shrader said the conduct of some employees "don't reflect the values of the organization."


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