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Inmate Death at Todd Road Jail
6/29/2011 8:07:00 PM


Nature of Incident: Inmate Death

Location: Todd Road Jail Facility, Santa Paula

Unit Responsible: Major Crimes Unit and Classification Unit
Decedent AddressAge
Peter Zepeda Santa Paula31


On June 29, 2011 at approximately 1:30 a.m., deputies conducting regular cell scans found Peter Zepeda unresponsive and not breathing, the victim of an apparent suicide by hanging. Emergency aid was rendered by deputies and jail medical staff. Ventura County Fire personnel and AMR ambulance personnel were summoned. Zepeda was pronounced dead at the jail.

Zepeda was arrested and booked on April 1, 2009 by the Santa Paula Police Department for the following charges:
211 PC, robbery.
236 PC, false imprisonment by violence.
207(a) PC, kidnapping.

Zepeda was found guilty by jury on 9 counts of 211 PC and sentenced on June 23, 2011 to 66 years in State Prison. Zepeda had a psychiatric evaluation after his sentencing and was cleared for housing.

Officer Preparing Release: Sergeant Louis Beery

Follow-up Contact: Sergeant Joe Evans (805) 477-7049

Date of Release: June 29, 2011

Approved by: Captain Jerry Hernandez

Ventura County Sheriff's Department
800 N Victoria Ave
San Buenaventura, CA 93003

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 805-654-9511