Hillsborough jail inmate facing armed kidnapping charges found dead from apparent suicide

Published January 15 2016
Updated January 15 2016

TAMPA — An inmate at the Falkenburg Road Jail died Friday from an apparent suicide, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said an inmate found Jarrod Butterworth, 33, in a laundry and storage room. He had hung himself with a bed sheet, according to the Sheriff's Office. Deputies said they immediately performed CPR and notified jail medical staff, which took over treatment.

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue was dispatched to the jail and transported Butterworth to Brandon Regional Hospital, deputies said, where he was pronounced dead.

Butterworth was in a living area with about 70 other inmates, according to the Sheriff's Office. He had been in jail since an Oct. 21 arrest. He faced seven counts of armed kidnapping, four counts of robbery and one count of grand theft of a motor vehicle.

He was being held in the jail in lieu of $700,000 bail. Court records show his trial was scheduled to start March 21.

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