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Jailed Sex Offender Dies, Apparently by Hanging

Updated: Ezekiel Foster, 31, arrested Wednesday for violating his probation as a sex offender, was found unconscious in his cell Thursday afternoon and pronounced dead shortly before 3 p.m., Napa County authorities said.

NAPA VALLEY, CA -- A 31-year-old inmate at the Napa County jail died Thursday afternoon, apparently by hanging himself, according to a media release from the county issued Friday afternoon:

On November 1, 2012, at about 2:23 pm, deputies and medical personnel responded to the Napa County Department of Corrections for a possible suicide by hanging.  

Ezekiel Foster, 11/19/80, had been found unconscious and unresponsive in his cell by his roommates, who summoned help.  Corrections staff immediately responded, moved him to the floor, began CPR and summoned Jail medical staff and EMS personnel.

Napa City Fire and AMR ambulance personnel responded to the Jail and continued to attempt to resuscitate him at the scene.  They were unsuccessful, and Medical personnel pronounced him dead at 2:54 pm. 

Investigators with the Napa County Sheriff’s Coroner’s Office and Investigation Bureau are investigating the death.  There are no indications of foul play. An autopsy is planned for Monday.

Foster, of American Canyon, was arrested Wednesday for violating the terms of his probation as a convicted sex offender: Please see Five Sex Offenders Arrested in Halloween Sweep.

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Bobby Isaak November 05, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Kimberley How many man and women have been arrested and found guilty of murder and sentence to death and than exonerated after DNA proved them innocent of a crime. In all respect of you view, is being on a list enough ?. Think of the list during the communist scare. era or during other times in human kinds dark history of lists and label. We are takling about Justice not revange.
Bobby Isaak November 05, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Hello Louisa Hufsader, I can see the need to as u say act as a moderator of the very important social dialog. However we are all hoping that our rights of free speech Is not stifled. This is important of an issue.
Cindy Watter November 10, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Most of the discussion has been enlightening. I am an extremely vigilant parent and was shocked to find, years ago, that my children's music teacher was listed as a sex offender. He moved away, and I never knew what the specific charges were, but--he was always perfectly fine with my children. They were as surprised as I was to hear about him. Was it a misunderstanding, a spinoff from his divorce, a flatout false charge--I don't know. He never hurt my children, though. I do recognize one of the names in the arrest list--I knew who his victim was and I'd say the punishment is appropriate. However, a few of the commenters here seem to know unfortunate young men who don't know their partners very well and then get in trouble after casual sex. The old "she looked older" defense doesn't work anymore. These fellows need to use their brains for a change. A moral code would be helpful, too.
Sam November 11, 2012 at 04:08 AM
None of you knew anything about him. I do, and he was NOT this monster you all speak of. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time and he paid his debt to society for it. He has family that are greiving and they deserve privacy and respect! Ezekiel was a sweet person with a good heart, and he would not have taken his own life. All of you should do your homework before you label someone who is no longer able to defend themself.My condolences to his family and loved ones who are all missing him right now. You commenters should all be ashamed of how judgemental and closed minded you are!
chuck2251 December 28, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Not for the future victims of this creep..

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