Another Orange County inmate hangs self in cell

Another Orange County inmate hangs self in cell

A man who was arrested and found hanging in his jail cell at the Orange County Correctional Facility April 6 is recovering, reports Orange County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigator and Public Information Officer Janois Strause Grizzaffi.

Vidor police arrested 59-year-old John Victor Marcotte April 3 on a bond forfeiture warrant stemming from a DWI charge. He was housed in the infirmary at the jail after reporting a cut on his head from falling out of his bunk where he had previously been assigned, which was in another part of the facility. While Marcotte was in the infirmary, the on-duty nurse performing rounds discovered him hanging in his cell there. Nurses make rounds every 25 minutes, reports Grizzaffi, and the nurse arrived to check on Marcotte five minutes early that morning, which could have saved his life. He was in distress when she found him and requested medical assistance, at close to 10:30 a.m. Acadian Ambulance arrived shortly after and transported him to Christus St. Elizabeth hospital in Beaumont. Although labored, the inmate was breathing on his own when he left the jail. He was listed in critical condition upon arrival.

The next day, Sheriff Keith Merritt reported that Marcotte's condition was upgraded to stable, and he was conscious and alert, speaking with staff. Merritt stated that Marcotte would be released from the hospital within a few days. 

The Texas Rangers, with assistance from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Investigators and the District Attorney Investigator, are investigating the incident.

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