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Inmate dies at Piedmont Regional Jail

A 65-year-old male inmate died while being held at the Piedmont Regional Jail in Farmville.

According to a release from the jail, inmate Kenneth W. White arrived at the facility July 5.

“Upon arrival, he was placed under medical observation. While being monitored by camera and on a 15-minute watch (on July 7), he was observed kneeling by his bed on the floor,” jail officials said in the release.

After being checked by medical staff, he was found to be unresponsive, jail officials said.

“At that time, CPR was administered until the Prince Edward Rescue (Squad) arrived and began emergency medical procedures. After contact with Centra Southside (Community) Hospital, he was pronounced deceased by the hospital,” officials said in the release.

Jail officials say White was being held on charges of assault and battery from Nottoway General District Court.

“We’re waiting on the cause of death,” Jail Superintendent Donald Hunter said. “He came from … Piedmont Geriatric … He had charges in Nottoway County.”

According to the Virginia General District Court Online Case Information System, White was arrested July 5 for an offence that took place June 26. The jail said he was being held without bail.

According to the release, the jail immediately contacted Virginia State Police. Upon their arrival, jail officials said, state police investigated the details surrounding the inmate’s death.

“Upon completion of their investigation, he was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Richmond,” the release stated.

The jail has not received any findings from the examiner’s office, officials said.

Virginia State Police did not respond to a request for comment.