Jail inmate’s death blamed on alcohol withdrawal

Jail Cell
(WISH photo)

GREENSBURG, Ind. (AP) — A coroner says alcohol withdrawal caused the death of an inmate who became incoherent at a southeastern Indiana jail.

Thirty-eight-year-old Shane Satterfield of Greensburg died in March after officials say he stopped breathing at the Decatur County Jail, where he was serving a 14-day sentence for drunken driving.

County Coroner Charity Banks tells the Greensburg Daily News that a toxicology report found only an antihistamine and caffeine in Satterfield. She ruled his death by natural causes.

Lynn Brewsaugh has said in court documents that she intends to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the sheriff’s department in her son’s death, accusing jail officials of negligence.

Sheriff Greg Allen has declined comment, saying the case would be turned over to the county’s insurance carrier.

WISHTV.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s