Crime & Justice

3 California correctional deputies arrested in inmate death

According to reports, inmate Michael Tyree died last week at a county jail and was homeless and awaiting transfer to a mental-health facility.
According to reports, inmate Michael Tyree died last week at a county jail and was homeless and awaiting transfer to a mental-health facility.
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Three California correctional deputies were arrested on suspicion of murder in the death of an inmate at a county jail, sheriff's officials said Thursday.

Santa Clara County Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. James Jensen said the deputies were in custody. They were arrested in a death that happened late last week. He declined to release additional details, including the inmate's and deputies' names. He said the sheriff's office planned to hold a news conference later in the day.

Inmate Michael Tyree, 31, died last week at the jail, according to media reports. He had pleaded no contest to petty theft, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

The newspaper, citing court records, said Tyree was homeless and awaiting to be transferred to a mental-health facility when he died. He had entered his plea in a special mental-health court.