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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Man Dies in SF County Jail, Third SF Inmate Death This Year

Posted By on Thu, Jul 30, 2015 at 12:36 PM

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Alberto Carlos Petrolino, the inmate who died in San Francisco County Jail on Tuesday, had been arrested Saturday on suspicion of twice violating a stay-away order, the San Francisco Examiner reports

Petrolino was 50 years old. According to the Examiner, he was arrested Saturday by the California Highway Patrol on two misdemeanor warrants, appeared in court Monday, and was being held on $100,000 bail. The Examiner also reports that Petrolino was being represented by the Public Defender's Office. 

According to Mark Nicco, the legal counsel for the Sheriff's Department, Petrolino was held in County Jail 2 at 425 7th Street. 

In a statement released yesterday, the Sheriff's Department called the death an "apparent suicide." The death is under investigation by the Sheriff's Department Internal Affairs Unit, SFPD, and the SF Medical Examiner's Office. 

Nicco could not elaborate on why the death was being called a suicide. No cause of death has been released.

Petrolino is the third inmate to die in San Francisco jails this year, according to Nicco. The other deaths were Alvin Haynes in January and David Perry in March. Haynes died following a "confrontation" with sheriff's deputies. 

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