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For Immediate Release
Date: August 5, 2021
Contact: Colonel Jared Schechter
Telephone: 316.660.3900

Inmate Death 8.5.21


DATE:                                                AUGUST 5, 2021

AGENCY:                                          SEDGWICK COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

LOCATION:                                       WICHITA/SEDGWICK COUNTY, KANSAS

TELEPHONE:                                   (316) 660-3900

CONTACT:                                        COLONEL JARED SCHECHTER


A Sedgwick County inmate who had history of a chronic medical issue, prior to incarceration when he was booked into Jail on July 16, 2021, was admitted to the hospital on August 4, 2021 for showing decreases in cognitive functions.


While in the hospital the inmate tested positive for COVID-19. On August 5, 2021 the 60 year old man, Lester L. Jacobs, was pronounced dead shortly before 12:00 PM. The preliminary cause of death is unknown pending an autopsy.


The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Investigation Division were notified. The inmate’s family was also notified about the death. The inmate was being held in the Sedgwick County Detention Facility on felony charges of violating the offender registration act and a state parole violation.


The Sedgwick County Detention Facility has booked over 13,000 people so far this year. This is the first in-custody death for 2021.

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