Man awaiting sentencing dies at Lerdo Jail

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - A Lerdo Jail inmate was found dead in his cell Friday afternoon and the sheriff's office is investigating the death as a possible murder.

Court records show 41-year-old Augustine Hernandez of Delano was likely to be leaving the jail soon. He was scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 19, 2013 under a plea agreement to 2nd degree burglary and forgery.

Attempts to resuscitate Hernandez after he was found unresponsive in his cell Friday afternoon were unsuccessful. A sheriff's news release said deputies and jail nursing staff initiated live saving procedures. Ambulance and county fire personnel arrived a short time later and eventually pronounced Hernandez dead.

An autopsy is scheduled to determine the manner and cause of death.