Johnson County Sheriff’s Department Investigating Inmate’s Death

(FRANKLIN) – The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an investigation into the circumstances surrounding an inmate who died on Saturday. 

Authorities say that foul play or COVID-19 is not suspected, that the inmate died from an apparent suicide.

Johnson County Sheriff's Office investigating inmate death

The male inmate was identified as 28-year-old Joan Ventura, of Indianapolis. He was arrested on March 25 on a warrant for violating probation, according to the news release. He was moved to the Johnson County jail from the Marion County jail.

In January, he was sentenced by a Greenwood City Court judge to one-year probation on a criminal trespassing incident in September 2019, according to online court records.

Ventura was found unconscious in his cell, hanging. Correctional officers performed CPR and used an automatic defibrillator in an attempt to save him but both failed.

The Franklin Fire Department also responded, according to a news release from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.

Ventura was pronounced dead at the jail, the news release said.

An autopsy was scheduled for Sunday evening. Those results are pending.