Third SLO County Jail inmate dies this year

May 30, 2014
Timothy Richard Janowicz

Timothy Richard Janowicz

A 29-year-old Atascadero man was found dead on his bunk at the San Luis Obispo County Jail early Friday morning. He is the third man to die while in the county jail this year.

Shortly after 5:30 a.m., several inmates discovered Timothy Richard Janowicz unresponsive in his bunk. Deputies responded and determined Janowicz had died.

Atascadero Police arrested Janowicz on Nov. 20, 2013, for possession of a controlled substance for sale, carrying a concealed weapon and violating his probation

SLO Sheriff Department detectives are investigation the death and an autopsy is planned. Meanwhile, the jail has been placed on lockdown.

Janowicz is the third San Luis Obispo County Jail inmate to die this year shortly after being discovered incapacitated in a cell. Several former inmates and local attorneys contend conditions at the jail are so poor that multiple inmates have marred skin from the widespread incidences of staph infections.

On Jan. 23, Rudy Joseph Silva, 35, was discovered unconscious in his cell. He was transported to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center where he died of influenza and a staphylococcus infection four days later.

In March, Josey Meche, 28, was found unresponsive on a cell floor and died shortly afterwards from a heart attack. At the time of his death, he had a 105.1 temperature, a staph infection and a toxic level of methamphetamine in his system, according to the autopsy report.


7 Comments

  1. Christy says:

    Tim was my cousin, he wasn’t a bad guy! He had a hard life and made some bad choices. No one deserves to die! Heaven forbid you ever make a mistake and people who know nothing about you can talk crap about how you got yours courtesy of karma. Have some respect for his grieving family!!!

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  2. Zuma7 says:

    Bad things can happen to you when you break the law.

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    • LameCommenter says:

      Not always, Zuma. Gibson breaks public meeting law all the time, and nothing has happened to him. Karma won’t help; Karma for him calls for a roll-over auto accident and getting trounced in his divorce proceedings. He continues to escape justice.

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  3. Theo P. Neustic says:

    All that the COs care about is getting someone into an ambulance before the inmate kicks so they won’t have to do a ton of paperwork.

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    • topper01 says:

      If you really need to place blame on someone other than the individual then blame an ancient Indian (Country not Native American) named Karma!

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      • Theo P. Neustic says:

        Wasn’t blaming anyone, just telling it like it is. If you want to go into that karma crap, then everyone should be dead.

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      • LameCommenter says:

        Wish Karma would work, but it doesn’t. If it did, when he illegally blocked public speaking by young people in a government hall, Gibson would have burst into FLAMES.

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