- Associated Press - Saturday, March 4, 2017

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say preliminary autopsy results indicate that a Polk County jail inmate who died after vomiting had “extensive pre-existing medical issues.”

In a statement Friday, the sheriff’s office said 59-year-old Keith Newberry of Lakeland was vomiting and showing symptoms of a stomach virus Thursday evening. Authorities say Newberry went into cardiac arrest in the jail’s infirmary.

Newberry was taken to a hospital in Sebring, where he died. Authorities say final toxicology results are pending, but preliminary autopsy results showed “extensive pre-existing medical issues.”

The sheriff’s office said Newberry’s criminal history since 1981 included 60 charges, mostly for drug possession. Newberry most recently faced charges of possession of meth and possession of paraphernalia, and he was booked into the jail Feb. 6 on two counts of failing to appear in court.


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