The prisoner found dead in his cell at the Jefferson County jail has been identified as Eric Vasquez, 24.
Vasquez had been transferred by the Colorado Department of Corrections to Jeffco for a hearing on an identity-theft charge, said Katherine Sanguinetti, spokeswoman for the DOC. Vazquez had previously been convicted of possession of a controlled substance and had been sentenced to 18 months in prison.
Vasquez was found hanging in his cell at 10:15 p.m. March 7 by a deputy during his rounds. The deputy tried to revive Vasques using CPR but was unsuccessful.
This was the first suicide in Jeffco’s jail since 2008, said Jeffco sheriff’s spokesman Tom Techmeyer.
“We have a large jail. We have about 1,500 to 2,000 inmates on any give day,” Techmeyer said. “To have a facility this size go that long without a suicide is very rare.”
According to a report from the Denver Post, Vasquez was a member of the 211 Crew, a white-supremacist prison gang. Another suspected member of that gang, Evan Spencer Ebel, was suspected of killing DOC chief Tom Clements and a pizza delivery driver in Golden last week. Ebel died in a car crash in Texas.