SANTA BARBARA (AP) — Authorities say an inmate has died in his cell at the Santa Barbara County Main Jail.

Sheriff’s Department spokesman Drew Sugars said Sunday that a custody deputy at the jail found 29-year-old Juan Rodriguez-Zepeda of Lompoc unconscious and not breathing in his cell Friday.

Several deputies tried to resuscitate Rodriguez, followed by county firefighters and paramedics, but all were unsuccessful and the inmate was declared dead about 25 minutes after he was discovered.

Sugars says sheriff’s detectives are investigating the death, but Rodriguez-Zepeda was alone in his single-person cell and it appears there was no foul play.

Rodriguez-Zepeda had been jailed since March 21, when he was booked on suspicion of drunken driving and vehicular homicide.

The county coroner’s office is investigating the cause of death.

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Comments (5)
  1. so what says:

    Who cares?

    1. Cib4evr says:

      His wife and three very young kids…

  2. Mary says:

    I don’t mean this as no offense to the family but for this young man it is for the best. Prison life is hard. I know a guy who I knew when I was younger who got 9 years at the age of 19 for robbery. When he got out, he was a different guy. He ended up getting raped in prison, destroying his life and the life of others. After his 9 year sentence, he was released to the Antelope Valley and only after 6 weeks of his release, he raped several prostitutes one very severe, all near Palmdale Blvd. He was caught and thankfully he was sentenced to life – but this was a 19 year old kid who already had a hard upbringing and prison destroyed his life. I wouldn’t want to see this guy go through what Alfeed did. When inmates do hard time they are raped, beat, and though some say, “They deserve it!” what we forget is that they will one day be released only to committ horrible sex crimes, or other crimes, against innocent people.

  3. John Doe says:

    This happens all the time, our illustrious California Department of Corrections just doesn’t let the public know just how many inmates die from lack of or plain disregard for someones health concerns. I spent 6 years as a ward of the State ( yes, i deserved it) and personally watch 4 inmates die from a disregard of their medical needs. 2 went into Diabetic shock and died, one went into convulsions from not being given their medication, and one “fell “UP” the stairs. No one ever reads about those in the paper or anywhere. California’s little secret.

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