Crime

Coroner: Inmate found dead in York County jail

John Dellinger
John Dellinger

The York County Coroner’s Office and State Law Enforcement Division are investigating the death Sunday of an inmate at the York County Detention Center.

John David Dellinger, 29, was found unresponsive in his cell at 8:10 a.m. Sunday, said Trent Faris, spokesman for the York County Sheriff’s Office. Officers immediately began lifesaving measures, Faris said in a statement.

Dellinger was taken by ambulance to Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill, York County Coroner Sabrina Gast said.

No cause of death has been released. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday.

Dellinger was arrested Friday by York County sheriff’s deputies on charges of grand larceny and two counts of obtaining property under false pretenses, according to SLED records. Dellinger was convicted of forgery in 2014 and was sentenced to a year on probation, records show.

Dellinger was issued a $10,000 bond after arrest but wasn’t released.

SLED received a request from the sheriff’s office to investigate and has assigned an agent to the probe, said Thom Berry, SLED spokesman. It is common for SLED agents to investigate deaths at local, county or state jails, Berry said.

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