Jefferson County Sheriff's Office identifies man found dead in jail cell

BEAUMONT - Family members of an inmate found dead at the Jefferson County jail this week have been notified and his identity has been released.

A sheriff’s office spokesperson Tuesday said the inmate is Howard Fletcher, 70. 

Fletcher’s cellmate found him un-responsive Sunday morning.  Jail staff immediately began CPR and notified EMS.  They continued the CPR until EMS arrived and took over.  Fletcher was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Fletcher has been in the Jefferson County jail since his arrest in March.  He was charged with failure to register as a sex offender.

Autopsy results are pending.

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