Attorney: Kidnap plot leader should not get life sentence
The attorney for the leader of a plot to kidnap Michigan Gov_ Gretchen Whitmer says his client should not be sentenced to life in prison because prosecutors overstated his role in the plot and have created a “false narrative of a terrifying para-military leader."
Woman sues BCSO, University Health over lithium overdose that occurred at jail, left her in coma
A San Antonio woman with a mental illness claims she nearly died while in Bexar County Sheriff’s Office custody late last year after suffering a lithium overdose at the jail, according to a federal lawsuit filed this month.
In-person visits in Texas prison system to resume next week
HUNTSVILLE, Texas – Inmates in all Texas prisons and state jails will be allowed to resume in-person visits on Monday, March 15, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. All in-person visits were halted when the coronavirus pandemic swept the state last spring. All visits must be scheduled in advance, and inmates will be allowed only two visits per month. When asked whether inmates in the Bexar County Jail would be allowed in-person visits, Sheriff Javier Salazar said, “We haven’t really done in-person visits in several years.”Instead, he said, inmates will be allowed to continue remote video visits through a system upgraded during the pandemic. AdHe said the sheriff’s office has also provided just over 660,000 free phone calls from inmates during the pandemic.
Deputy thwarts attempted suicide at Bexar County Jail, BCSO says
SAN ANTONIO – An inmate was hospitalized after a suicide attempt at the county jail, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office reported. A detention deputy at the Bexar County Jail, while conducting face-to-face observation checks around 3:13 p.m. on Tuesday, stopped the 42-year-old inmate from killing himself. Officials say the deputy entered the cell, used a cutting tool to save the inmate and called for backup. More deputies and jail medical staff rushed to help save the inmate. The sheriff’s office said the inmate was later responsive and speaking with medical staff members.
Comal County to begin moving inmates into new $72 million jail next week
NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – In about a week, Comal County will begin moving inmates into the county’s new $72 million jail. The new facility is replacing the old jail built in 1985 to accommodate the county’s growing prisoner population. While touring the new jail Wednesday, Sheriff Mark Reynolds said the design was the result of extensive research. The jail features a pod design rather than a linear design. “Our pods are designed where everything, almost always everything, that an inmate would need or officers would have cause for, is located within that pod,” Reynolds said.
2nd inmate at Bexar County Jail tests positive for COVID-19, sheriff’s office says
BEXAR COUNTY, Texas – A second inmate at the Bexar County Jail has tested positive for COVID-19, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office said Saturday. According to a press release from the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, medical personnel evaluated the unidentified inmate after he developed a fever over 100 degrees. The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office said the inmate has been in custody since March 17, on a violent felony charge. According to the press release, a total of two inmates at the Bexar County Jail, 14 deputies, one video visitation civilian employee and one dispatcher have tested positive for COVID-19. A Bexar County facilities maintenance employee assigned to the Bexar County Jail also tested positive earlier this week.
Bexar County Jail passes annual inspection
SAN ANTONIO – Last year, the Bexar County Jail failed its annual inspection. However this year, the jail passed. The jail passed a surprise inspection back in November of 2019. Bexar County Jail fails inspection, BCSO saysOn Thursday, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office announced it successfully passed the annual inspection. Sheriff: Bexar County Jail back in compliance after surprise inspectionBut, the sheriff's office says those areas are outside the scope of BCSO, such as maintenance, which pertains to Bexar County facilities and to the medical area, which pertains to the University Health System.
Hays County Jail inmate escapes after exchanging identity with cellmate
HAYS COUNTY, Texas – Hays County sheriff’s deputies captured an inmate who escaped jail Thursday after he exchanged his identity with a cellmate, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. Shaun Haenes, 41, managed to escape the jail for about an hour before authorities found him at a nearby restaurant. While investigating his release, deputies discovered that Haenes “conspired” with another inmate to swap identities, allowing Haenes to bond out of jail under his new identity. Haenes was originally in jail on multiple drug charges, failure to identify as a fugitive and unlawful carrying of a weapon. His record also included a hold from Williamson County for another charge, according to the news release.
BCSO: Human trafficking suspect taken off life support after suicide attempt
SAN ANTONIO – A Bexar County Jail inmate who attempted to take his own life on Nov. 2 died Monday, according to the sheriff’s office. Rondell Lee Peterson, 35, was in jail on charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child and trafficking of persons. A deputy found Peterson hanging from his cell on Nov. 2, cut him down and alerted medical staff. Peterson was placed in a medically induced coma until his family made the decision to take him off life support Sunday. Medical staff pronounced him dead at 12:11 p.m. Monday.
72-year-old inmate who died at Bexar County Jail identified
A 72-year-old male inmate who died early Monday morning at the Bexar County Jail has been identified. The inmate was identified as David Alan Watts, who was jailed on a charge of indecency with a child-contact, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office said. Around 2:24 a.m., deputies and medical staff responded after Watts experienced an apparent medical episode within the detention center, officials said. A definitive cause of death will be determined by the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office. As per standard procedure, the BCSO Criminal Investigations Division (CID), Internal Affairs, and the Public Integrity Unit are conducting an investigation into the death, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office said.