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Inmate dies in intake area of jail near Banning

By in Press Enterprise on October 9, 2017

By Gail Wesson

An adult male was found unresponsive early Sunday, Oct. 8, in the intake area at the Larry Smith Correctional Facility near Banning and life-saving measures were futile, according to a Riverside County Sheriff’s news release.

The incident was reported at 12:25 a.m. There were no signs of foul play, according to the news release.

It is at least the fifth death in 2017 at a county jail facility. The name of the victim will not be released until next of kin is notified.

The death is being investigated by the sheriff’s central homicide unit and jail staff investigators.

In July, a county sheriff’s official said three inmates died as a result of medical emergencies with no foul play suspected.

A family filed a claim in the fourth death. Pedro Sepulveda, 27, of Riverside, fought with inmate Damien Arthur Miranda, 21, on Jan. 21 at the Smith facility, according to the claim filed in Sepulveda’s death.

The claim alleged Sepulveda died because of a lack of adequate and timely medical care. Sepulveda fell, hit his head and lapsed into a coma before he was declared brain dead.

Miranda pleaded guilty earlier this year to felony assault.

Anyone with information about the latest incident is asked to call Investigator Dan Moody of the sheriff’s central homicide unit at 760-393-3525.

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