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48-year-old jail inmate kills himself

5-4-2007 Nevada:
A 48-year-old inmate at the county jail took his own life Wednesday night, authorities said.

Jorge Aguilar Quintanal, who faced sexual assault charges, was found in the shower area of the jail about 9:20 p.m. by another inmate, Las Vegas police said.

Quintanal had wrapped a torn bedsheet around his neck and attached the end of it to a shower head, police said. The Clark County coroner's officer ruled the death a suicide.

Quintanal was booked into the jail on Dec. 2 on multiple charges, including sexual assault of a child younger than 14 and lewdness with a minor younger than 14, said Las Vegas police Deputy Chief Leroy Kirkegard, who oversees the jail.

Kirkegard said Quintanal was seen for depression by the jail's psychiatric staff when he was first booked. Jail staff placed him on suicide watch for his first two days in jail but concluded he wasn't a threat to himself.

"He was cleared and had no problems for three or four months," Kirkegard said.

He said the death was still under investigation. ..more.. by REVIEW-JOURNAL

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