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No criminal charges brought in 2017 asthma death of inmates

February 8, 2018

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — County jail officials have been cleared of criminal wrongdoing in the death of a North Carolina inmate last year that sparked scrutiny about the jail’s medical provider.

Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O’Neill sent a letter to the State Bureau of Investigation Jan. 24 saying he found no criminal actions in the death of 39-year-old Deshawn Lamont Coley. Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Brad Stanley tells The Winston-Salem Journal an internal investigation also cleared jail staff.

Coley died from complications of asthma less than two weeks into a six-month sentence for driving while impaired. His wife, Daniela Etienne, has said medical staff only allowed him to use his asthma pump every four to five hours, regardless of need.

Medical provider Correct Care Solutions didn’t respond to the newspaper’s request for comment.


Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com

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