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Date Released: 12/12/2012
Subject: Jail Death
Contact: Lt. Steve Knight
Case No#: 201206158
Released By: Lt. Steve Knight

Location: Humboldt County Correctional Facility

On 12-12-2012, approximately 6:40 am a Humboldt County Correctional Officer was notified by an inmate that another inmate, identified as Jonathan Michael Sorrell, 35 years from Hoopa, was having a medical issue. The Correctional Officer immediately went to Sorrell’s aid and called for jail medical, extra correctional staff and an ambulance to respond. Initially Sorrell was breathing, however while the Correctional Staff was with Sorrell he stopped breathing and they began C.P.R. until they were relieved by jail medical staff. After an ambulance arrived at the facility a physician determined that Sorrell was deceased.
The Humboldt County Corner was summed to the scene. There is no sign of foul play. An autopsy will be scheduled by the Humboldt County Coroners Office to determine the cause of death.

Mike Downey
Sheriff