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PCSO Investigating Death of Inmate Who Died at Florida Hospital Heartland in Sebring

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PCSO Investigating Death of Inmate Who Died at 
Florida Hospital Heartland in Sebring
Polk County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the death of a Polk County Jail inmate that occurred on Thursday, March 2, 2017, at Florida Hospital Heartland in Sebring. 
keith-newberryAt approximately 6:00 p.m., PCSO jail medical staff made contact with 59-year-old South County Jail inmate Keith Newberry, who was vomiting, had diarrhea, and was displaying symptoms of a stomach virus. While being treated in the infirmary, he suddenly went into cardiac arrest, and PCSO detention deputies along with jail medical staff immediately began life-saving efforts, to include CPR, and called EMS. When EMS arrived they took over CPR and transported Newberry to Florida Hospital Heartland in Sebring. Newberry could not be revived and was declared deceased at the hospital.

Newberry (DOB 11/08/1957), has a last known address of 320 Patterson Street West in Lakeland. His criminal history includes 60 total charges since 1981, and he has been to state prison twice:
 
  • 9/16/81 – possession of marijuana, sale of marijuana
  • 1/16/84 – failure to appear
  • 1/25/85 – probation violation
  • 3/14/85 – probation violation
  • 7/25/85 – DUI, possession of marijuana over 20 grams, possession of paraphernalia
  • 2/5/87 – reckless driving, resisting arrest, fleeing to elude, grand theft motor vehicle
  • 4/9/87 – vehicle theft, 2 counts failure to appear
  • 3/12/89 – possession of marijuana over 20 grams
  • 4/5/99 – possession of controlled substance without Rx, possession of paraphernalia (sentenced to one year in state prison)
  • 4/27/00 – 2 counts probation violation
  • 5/18/01 – possession of controlled substance without Rx, possession of paraphernalia
  • 6/18/01 – possession of controlled substance without Rx
  • 7/25/01 – resisting arrest, larceny, forgery
  • 8/7/01 – possession of barbituates, possession of paraphernalia, forgery, assault, resisting arrest, larceny
  • 11/23/01 – resisting arrest
  • 11/28/01 – 4 counts probation violation
  • 8/4/03 – possession of cocaine, possession of paraphernalia
  • 9/10/03 – possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, no valid DL
  • 12/11/03 – 3 counts probation violation
  • 8/30/05 – forgery of public record, passing forged instrument (sentenced to one year in state prison)
  • 2/26/06 – probation violation
  • 11/22/07 – vehicle theft
  • 12/3/14 – fraud, larceny, dealing in stolen property, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia
  • 8/7/16 – possession of meth, possession of paraphernalia, 2 counts failure to appear
  • 2/6/17 – 2 counts failure to appear

An autopsy was conducted to determine his cause and manner of death. Preliminary autopsy results indicate extensive pre-existing medical issues. Final autopsy results are pending toxicology.
 
This is an ongoing death investigation. It is standard PCSO policy for four separate mandated, independent investigations to be conducted when an inmate dies. The PCSO Administrative Investigations Section is conducting an internal review. The PCSO Bureau of Criminal Investigations is conducting the death investigation. The Polk County Medical Examiner will conduct the autopsy to determine the manner and cause of death. All of the paperwork will be forwarded to the State Attorney’s Office for their review.

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