Pinellas County jail inmate dies after seeking medical treatment

Published Mar. 31, 2017

An inmate at the Pinellas County jail on petty theft charges died on Thursday, though authorities do not believe his death was suspicious.

Cheler Destra, 37, who was arrested by Largo police on March 21, visited the jail's health clinic earlier Thursday. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office says he was in a wheelchair when he collapsed after returning to his housing area shortly after noon.

Destra was taken to Northside Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Sheriff's Office said in a news release that he had a history of medical issues and showed no obvious sign of injury.