St. George jail inmate's suicide probed

Tuesday , April 15, 2014 - 9:44 AM

The Associated Press

ST. GEORGE — An inmate in the Washington County Jail has died a week after attempting suicide in his cell.

The Deseret News reports authorities are investigating the apparent suicide after 35-year-old David Finch died Sunday at Dixie Regional Medical Center.

Finch was taken there the previous Sunday after officials found him unconscious.

He’d been in jail for about three months after being convicted of forcible sexual abuse, burglary, and attempted burglary of a dwelling. He also had been convicted of a misdemeanor for simple assault.

Utah Department of Corrections spokesman Steve Gehrke says Finch’s parole hearing had not yet been held, but he likely would have served about five years. He says an initial review indicates proper jail procedures were followed prior to Finch’s death.

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