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Dane County Sheriff's Office reviewing death of Rock County inmate

Dane County Sheriff's Office is reviewing the in in-custody death of Dante Wilson at the Rock County Jail. 

The final autopsy report, including toxicology, are still pending.


Wilson, age 39, was from Beloit, Wisconsin.

On August 18, 2015, at 12:34 a.m., a Correctional Officer of the Rock County Jail was alerted to an inmate in the Jail Medical Unit that was physically ill displaying labored breathing.  The Correctional Officer immediately radioed for assistance from the Jail Nurse, Jail Supervisor, and additional Correctional Officers.

The Jail Nurse and Correctional staff quickly arrived to begin medical assessment of this inmate and began performing life saving measures while awaiting the arrival of Janesville Fire Department Paramedics.

The paramedics continued medical treatment and the inmate was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital where he was pronounced deceased at 1:35 AM.    An autopsy is pending later today at the Dane County Morgue.

Medical Examiner staff are working with Detectives of the Rock County Sheriff’s Office to conduct the death investigation which will be reviewed by staff from the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, Office of Detention Facilities.

Further details will be released as information becomes available.

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