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Sheriff’s Office identifies inmate found unresponsive in cell

By Staff | Sep 26, 2009

Sheriff’s officials have identified a Lee County Jail inmate who died Thursday night after he was found unresponsive with a sheet wrapped around his neck inside his cell.
Joseph McGinley, 42, of 7204 Emily Drive, Fort Myers, was discovered by Lee County corrections deputies and medical staff during a “routine medication pass” at about 10:25 p.m., according to Lee County Sheriff’s officials.
He was taken to the Lee Memorial Hospital where he was later pronounced dead at 11:15 p.m.
According to Capt. Tom Eberhardt, McGinley was not on suicide watch at the time of the incident, however Eberhardt said further details would not be released until a report had been compiled and reviewed.
McGinley had been booked into the Lee County Jail Wednesday morning at about 1:15 a.m. on a violation of probation charge, records show.
McGinley had last been in the Lee County Jail on a separate violation of probation June 5 and was released the same day, booking records show.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office has charged McGinley with several felonies and misdemeanors since 2006, including fraudulently using a police badge or law enforcement vehicle, carrying a concealed firearm and unlawful possession of prescription drugs.