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Another inmate dies at downtown Sacramento jail

A second Sacramento County inmate has died in less than two weeks.

The 52-year-old prisoner was found unconscious about 6 a.m. Thursday when his cellmate awakened for breakfast. Deputies attempted to save the man until those efforts were taken over by medical personnel from outside the jail.

He was later pronounced dead at a hospital. There were no signs of trauma on the man’s body and foul play is not suspected, according to a Sheriff’s Department press release.

The dead man, who has not been identified, had been in custody since Tuesday on a warrant for drug-related charges.

An investigation into his death will be conducted by the Sheriff’s Department.

On Sept. 15, Kenneth Hinkson, 55, of Sacramento, died while being held at the downtown Main Jail on “a commitment warrant for a theft-related” charge.

Just before 6 a.m., deputies spoke to him via intercom to begin his transfer to another “custody facility.” When Hinkson did not respond, deputies entered the cell he shared with another man and found him unconscious.

They tried to resuscitate him, an unsuccessful effort that continued when medical personnel summoned from outside the jail arrived.

Hinkson’s body also had no marks of trauma and foul play is not suspected, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews