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Prosecutor asks State Police to continue inmate death probe

PORTSMOUTH (AP) A Virginia prosecutor says she has asked the Virginia State Police for additional investigative work into the death of a mentally ill inmate at a Portsmouth jail last year.

Portsmouth Commonwealth’s Attorney Stephanie Morales’ office said it received a preliminary report Tuesday from the VSP, which is conducting a criminal investigation into Jamycheal Mitchell’s death.

Morales’ office said she asked for additional work to be done by state investigators. She said a decision about whether to bring charges will be made once all findings are turned over.

Mitchell was arrested in April 2015 for stealing $5 worth of junk food from a 7-Eleven.

Mitchell’s family filed a $60 million lawsuit accusing jail officials of physically abusing Mitchell and withholding food. The jail has pushed back fiercely against those claims.

 

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