Man dies at hospital after suicide attempt at jail

A man who strangled himself while he was in custody at the Mesa County Jail over the weekend died Wednesday night after being taken off life support.

According to family members of 37-year-old Jesse Deloy Binam, he was kept on life support long enough to make organ donation possible.

Though family members initially said Binam was found after he hanged himself, information from the Mesa County Coroner’s Office indicated he used articles of clothing to wrap around his neck and was found unresponsive on Saturday night. Jail staff found him on a routine security check, provided aid and had an ambulance transport him to St. Mary’s Medical Center, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office.

The coroner issued a statement providing details about Binam’s injuries, which revealed he was alone in a locked cell when the incident happened. Binam had a long history of suicidal ideations, the coroner said. His death was ruled a suicide by the coroner’s office, following an autopsy.

Binam was in jail after an arrest Sept. 2, involving a warrant for allegedly failing to appear in court and a probation violation. Authorities worked quickly to have him released from jail on a personal-recognizance bond Monday after it appeared he would not survive, and he was no longer in custody when he died.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident, according to spokeswoman Megan Terlecky.


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