Delano

Coroner: Man jailed for burglary, forgery was strangled

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The coroner's office released a cause of death Friday for a Lerdo Jail inmate who died in the fall.

Augustine Hernandez, 41, was found unresponsive in his cell Sept. 13, and attempts to resuscitate were unsuccessful.

Hernandez, of Delano, was being held as he awaited his Sept. 19 sentencing under a plea agreement to second-degree burglary and forgery.

Authorities haven't released information regarding a suspect or motive, but the coroner's office said Hernandez was strangled.

The Kern County Sheriff's Office is the investigating agency.