According to a news release from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, an inmate at the county correctional facility apparently strangled himself to death while alone in his cell.
According to the report, on Friday, May 17, deputies at the JCSO Correctional Facility discovered an inmate, Robert William Leviness, 51, of Beaumont unconscious in a cell. Deputies and jail medical staff attempted CPR on Leviness. Acadian Ambulance Service responded to the scene and declared the man deceased. Justice of the Peace Ransom "Duce" Jones pronounced the death. According to JCSO, it appears Leviness died of self-induced manual strangulation. The investigation is ongoing, and autopsy results are pending. Leviness had been booked into jail under the allegation of family violence by Beaumont PD earlier Friday.