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Investigation finds nothing criminal in death of inmate

An investigation has been completed into the death of an inmate at Garner Correctional Institution in Newtown. 

31-year old Jallen Jones was reported to have deteriorating mental health difficulties on March 25, 2018.  Danbury State's Attorney Stephen Sedensky says Jones struggled with officers during a personal search during the process of moving him.  Mace and other forms of physical force to subdue the man didn't work so medication was administered in an attempt to calm Jones.  He then became unresponsive, was taken to the hospital and later pronounced dead. 

The incident was captured on video, which was reviewed. 

The Chief Medical Examiner says Jones’s death was ruled a homicide.  Sedensky determined that the man's death was not criminal in nature and closed the criminal investigation. 

Jones, who was from Atlanta, was serving a 10-year sentence for robbery.

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