(La Porte, IN) - An offender serving time at the La Porte County Community Corrections facility died there last Friday.
According to La Porte County Sheriff John Boyd, just after 2:00 a.m. his officers and La Porte County EMS were summoned to the corrections facility on Ziegler Road. “A participant out there was found unresponsive and not breathing,” said Boyd. “He was taken to La Porte Hospital where he was pronounced dead.”
The inmate has been identified as 43-year-old James Geise of Dyer, Indiana. Guise had been at the work release center since May 17, after being released from prison in Westville. He was finishing out a sentence for a conviction last year in La Porte County of OWI resulting in serious bodily injury.
An autopsy has been performed, but the cause of death has not been released, pending an ongoing investigation.
Boyd said the county corrections center is not managed by the Sheriff’s Department. On Wednesday the center’s director, Rochelle Brown, was fired by the La Porte County Commissioners (click here for that story), who claimed that she had not notified them or the county attorney of the incident.