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Hernando inmate’s death ruled a suicide

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BROOKSVILLE -

An inmate at the Hernando County Jail committed suicide just before midnight Monday, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

Jesse Ray Beaman, 32, reportedly hanged himself with his assigned bed linen at 11:42 p.m. Monday, and jail staff requested Fire and Rescue personnel, who attempted to resuscitate Beaman by performing CPR.

Upon arrival, rescue personnel pronounced Beaman deceased, according to the sheriff’s office, and Major Case and Forensic Science personnel were called to the scene to investigate the death.

The last inmate to commit suicide at the jail was Charles DeHart on April 20, 2011, and Corrections Corp. of America, or CCA, was responsible for jail operations until Aug. 27, 2010, when the sheriff’s office took control of the jail.

Protocol for jail suicides requires Internal Affairs be called to the scene to ensure all policies and procedures were adhered to at the Detention Center.

Beaman’s next of kin, who live out of state, were informed of his death 7 a.m. Tuesday.

There were no other persons injured as a result of this incident, and the investigation remains active and on-going.

Beaman was arrested by the Brooksville Police Department last week after being spotted pushing a shopping cart of stolen Walmart electronics valued at $526 along U.S. 41.

Beaman was arrested July 2012 for stalking and resisting an office, arrested in August 2012 for stalking, trespassing, resisting an officer, and larceny, arrested in January for disturbing the peace and resisting an officer, and arrested in February for contempt of court.

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