Sacramento inmate, released from custody, dies at hospital. ‘Pre-existing’ condition is cited

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A 59-year-old inmate is believed to have died from a pre-existing medical condition at the hospital the same day he was released from custody of the Sacramento County Jail, according to officials.

On May 4, a parolee was booked into the jail for a violation stemming from felony narcotic charges, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. Rod Grassmann said.

Five days later about 11:45 p.m., a deputy performing a routine cell check found the man lying on the ground of his cell on the medical floor.

According to Grassmann, the deputy assisted the inmate who said he was having back pain and trouble breathing. His pre-existing medical condition is unrelated to COVID-19.

After evaluation from Correctional Health Medical staff, Sacramento City Fire transported the inmate to the hospital, where he was admitted.

The inmate was released from custody earlier in the day on May 11 and died about 6 p.m.

Grassmann said there were no visible injuries or trauma observed on the inmate’s body and no foul play is suspected.

The Sheriff’s Office will conduct a thorough inmate death investigation, according to Grassmann. The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office will determine the cause of death and release the name of the inmate.

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