News Story


Inmate Death at Pre-Trial Detention Facility
6/26/2013 3:00:00 PM


Nature of Incident: Inmate Death              


Location:  Pre-Trial Detention Facility, Ventura            


Unit Responsible:  Major Crimes Unit and Detention Services Legal Unit    


Decedent:                                           Address                                                        Age

Roy Lee Jones                                  Santa Barbara                                         70




Major Crimes detectives and Jail personnel are investigating an inmate death that occurred at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility in Ventura.  The death appears to be from natural causes.  There was no indication of violence or suspicious circumstances.


On June 26, 2013, at approximately 12:55 a.m., during routine cell checks, deputies noticed the inmate not breathing.  They entered the cell where they found the inmate unresponsive.  Emergency aid was rendered by deputies.  Ventura County Fire personnel and paramedics were summoned and performed advanced life saving support.  The inmate was pronounced dead at the jail shortly thereafter. 


The cause of death is under investigation by the Sheriff's Major Crimes Unit, pending an autopsy by the Medical Examiner.



Officer Preparing Release: Sergeant Dave Lareva


Follow-up Contact:  Sergeant Todd Inglis (805) 947-8148


Date of Release: June 26, 2013  


Approved by: Captain Eric Dowd