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Inmate dies at jail

A 38-year-old woman who was incarcerated at Piedmont Regional Jail (PRJ) was pronounced dead at 12:26 a.m. Nov. 18 after being found unresponsive in her cell at 11:49 p.m. on Nov. 17.

According to a press release from the jail, the incident involving the death of Angel Jenkins is under investigation by Virginia State Police.

“The jail is cooperating with the investigation,” officials said in the release.

According to Prince Edward County Commonwealth’s Attorney Megan Clark, she received a call from Major Robert Pugh at approximately 2:15 a.m. on Nov. 18 informing her of the death.

“At this point, no foul play is suspected, and nobody has been charged in the female’s death,” Clark said.

According to the Virginia General District Court Online Case Information System, Jenkins was arrested Nov. 16 in Amelia County for grand larceny, conspiracy to commit grand larceny and entering dwelling at night with intent to commit larceny.

This is the second death of an inmate at the PRJ since August. Jason P. Sisson, 34, of Culpeper, died Aug. 22 — 10 days after allegedly being assaulted by George M. Chute, a 35-year-old inmate.

The assault allegedly took place Aug. 12, and Clark said previously that she learned of the assault through the victim’s mother Aug. 21 — three days after Sisson returned to the jail from the hospital following the altercation and the same day jail officials said he died.