ROCKFORD — Authorities have released the results of investigations into the deaths of two Winnebago County Jail inmates who died in custody about five weeks apart last year.
The Winnebago Boone County Integrity Task Force completed both investigations and Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross reviewed the findings this week and released the results. One man is determined to have died by suicide and the other as the result of a medical condition.
Eugene Washington, 35, died on Oct. 28 after his cellmate alerted corrections officers to a medical emergency, Hite Ross said in a news release. Officers performed CPR until the jail’s medical staff and paramedics arrived and took Washington to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
An autopsy found the cause of death was cardiac arrhythmia due to sleep apnea.
Washington was being held on charges of aggravated battery, domestic battery and violation of an order of protection. He had been held since Sept. 19.
Joseph McCormick, who was booked into the jail on April 23, 2019, on charges including armed robbery and attempted first-degree murder, was found hanging in his cell on Dec. 1. Corrections officers performed CPR until the jail’s medical staff and paramedics arrived. McCormick, 27, was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
An autopsy determined that the cause of death was asphyxia caused by hanging, Hite Ross said in the release.
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