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Woman who died at WCDC was 5th inmate death this year

December 4th, 2013 9:55 pm by becky campbell, NET news service

Woman who died at WCDC was 5th inmate death this year

Donna L. Patillo

JOHNSON CITY — The Johnson City woman who died Tuesday while housed at the Washington County Detention Center was just minutes away from being transported to Sumner County on a probation violation, Sheriff Ed Graybeal said Wednesday.

Donna L. Patillo, 51, of 1110 Lark St. No. 9, was found slumped over in her cell in the booking area of the jail when an officer went to serve her dinner. Graybeal said the officer had made rounds to check the cells in booking nine minutes before delivering the food tray.

“Johnson City picked her up on a probation violation out of Sumner County,” Graybeal said. “She was never booked in, never dressed out or anything because Sumner County was on their way to get her.” 

According to Graybeal, Sumner County officers arrived at the jail as the ambulance pulled away to transport Patillo to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Patillo was the fifth inmate this year to die either at the jail or after being transported to a medical facility following some kind of incident at the jail.

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