By Gary Lloyd
SHELBY COUNTY — An inmate from Pinson died Monday in the Shelby County Jail.
At about 4:45 a.m. Monday, inmate Brandon Lee Hays, 27, was found unresponsive by corrections employees while delivering breakfast.
The preliminary investigation found no sign of obvious physical injury that would have caused his death. He was in a cell by himself. The Alabama Bureau of Investigations was contacted and an investigator responded to begin their investigation as a matter of policy. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office will cooperate fully with this outside investigation.
Hays had previously been charged with first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and was being held on a bond revocation with no bond.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and Prison Health Care LLC have a cooperative agreement in which qualified medical personnel staff a separate medical unit 24 hours a day within the facility.
Sheriff Chris Curry offered his sympathy to Hays’ family and friends.
“While there are no words that bring immediate comfort, on behalf of the sheriff’s office and all of the corrections staff, I want to express our condolences for your loss,” Curry said.
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