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Burlington County Jail Cleared of Wrongdoing in Death of Pemberton Inmate

For the second time this week, the jail was cleared of responsibility in an inmate's death.

For the second time in a week, Burlington County Jail has been cleared in the death of an inmate.

An investigation into the death of inmate Jerome Iozzia determined that he died of natural causes, Burlington County Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi announced on Thursday.

Iozzia, 50, collapsed and died in prison on Feb. 25. He had a cardiac condition. Paramedics who responded were unable to resuscitate Iozzia, who was pronounced dead at Virtua Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly.

The autopsy performed by the Burlington County Medical Examiner’s Office the same day indicated the manner of death was natural and the cause was pneumonia/empyema/sepsis.

The investigation determined there was no criminal wrongdoing and no evidence of inmate mistreatment or abuse by jail staff.

Iozzia was incarcerated on Nov. 20 after being arrested by Pemberton Police for aggravated assault, robbery and possession of a weapon. He was a resident of the Browns Mills section of Pemberton.

On Tuesday, the Burlington County Times reported that the prosecutor determined the jail was not responsible for the death of 75-year-old inmate Robert Taylor, who died after 10 days in prison.

That investigation determined Taylor died of natural causes, despite another inmate accusing jail staff of purposefully neglecting Taylor. Taylor was in jail on a contempt charge after being charged with a disorderly persons offense in Riverside.

steve fenichel March 16, 2014 at 09:45 AM
Warden Artis and his gang are killing people by their neglect and abuse. County Prosecutor Ronca and his band of publicly funded pirates are calling all these deaths due to Natural Causes. How natural is it to throw a homeless old man into a cage. Not give a damn that over 5 days Mr. Taylor's breakfast, lunch and dinner trays are placed in the slot. These 3 trays a day are then removed untouched, nothing eaten. Total 15 unbeaten trays for 5 days and then death! The middle aged man who died February 25th. How natural was his death. An altercation with police on November 15, 2013. The man is pepper sprayed then collapses. Taken to hospital where a cardiac pacemaker is put into his chest. 3 days later he's transferred to BurlCo Jail. 3 months later he dies never having his pacemaker re- evaluated or his heart medications correctly administered. If these 2 deaths are natural our society is in dire straights. The Attorney General must investigate these closer to murder deaths. If not then the Federal Government. Someone has to take responsibility. Steven Fenichel, MD

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