Investigation underway after death of inmate

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CORTEZ, Colo. (AP) Authorities are investigating after a 38-year-old inmate was found dead in a holding cell at the Montezuma County jail.

Sheriff Dennis Spruell says Harrison M. Begay, of Tonalea, Ariz., was initially brought to the jail on a trespassing charge at about 1 a.m. Oct. 26 but was taken to a hospital because he was "highly intoxicated." He was returned to the jail and placed on a medical watch.

Spruell says jail staff found Begay dead in the cell at about 3:30 a.m. on Oct. 27.

The Cortez Journal reports (http://bit.ly/HDyi6K) the Colorado Bureau of Investigation is looking into the case.


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