Quoted from Coloradoan: Sheriff ID's Larimer County Jail inmate who died in custody
Author: Robert Allen, RobertAllen@coloradoan.com
The Larimer County Jail inmate who died in custody Wednesday has been identified as Brian Dean Porter, 31, an unemployed Fort Collins plumber.
Porter, who was recently allowed to work in the kitchen because of good behavior, had been working to prepare breakfast before leaving for the restroom at about 5:45 a.m. He was found after falling on the floor outside the restroom 23 minutes later, bleeding from the head, Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith said at a Thursday-morning press conference.
An autopsy is scheduled for today, and the cause of death is pending. Porter, who was arrested Feb. 15, had received a physical about two weeks after he was admitted and another check-up before he started working in the kitchen last month, Smith said.
Porter had been arrested on charges of failure to comply involving a previous case of felony menacing and two drunken driving charges dating back to 2009. He is not believed to have had any communicable diseases, and the jail has not been put on lockdown, Smith said.
Porter was pronounced dead at 12:57 p.m. Wednesday after he was taken to Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins. Smith said that people who responded to Porter when he was found on the floor at 6:08 a.m. could not find a pulse on him.
Porter's death marks the third this year at the jail, which has had six deaths since it opened in the 1980s, Smith said.
Tiffany Ann Nobi, 25, and Charles Edward Betts, 53, were both transients in unrelated cases who died in January. Betts died of cardiac arrest, according to Larimer County Coroner's Office.
Nobi died from lack of oxygen to the brain, and the death was found to be "natural" in manner, according to Larimer County Coroner's office.
The jail on Thursday had about 468 inmates, and the maximum capacity is 557.
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