Inmate's Suicide Has Family Asking Questions

Father Asks About Circumstances Regarding Sons Death

MESA COUNTY, Colo. - An inmate committed suicide at the Mesa County Jail, and now his family has a number of questions they want answered.

Kenneth Binam's son Jesse Binam was incarcerated at the Mesa County Jail because of a warrant for allegedly not appearing in court and a probation violation. He was found on the brink of death after he choked himself by wrapping his pants around his neck in his cell on September 9. According to the Mesa County Sheriff's Office, they immediately administered aid when they found Jesse in his cell. He was then transported to St. Mary's Hospital, and was pronounced dead on September 13.

According to the Mesa County Coroner, Jesse struggled with suicidal thoughts, leaving his father with some questions surrounding how his son's death was even possible. "He was without oxygen for a long time. Was he on suicide watch? Oh lord, there's a lot of them [questions]," said Kenneth Binam, Jesse's father.

The biggest question is whether or not Jesse was on suicide watch. The Sheriff's Office said they do have policies and procedures in place for those who seem like they may harm themselves, but would not reveal if Jesse was under a suicide watch. As more questions receive answers, News Channel Five will bring you the updates.


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