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Gregory Lange dies in the Tom Green County Jail

Dec 3rd, 2014 | Category: Tom Green County

11/11/14 from EverythingLubbock.com

SAN ANGELO, TX —  The Texas Rangers are investigating the death of an inmate at the Tom Green County Jail. The inmate was a former Runnels County Justice of the Peace who was in jail for a DWI conviction.

Jailers found 58-year-old Gregory Lange unresponsive and unconscious in the Tom Green County jail October 17th. Emergency Medical Services transported him to Shannon Medical Center where he died the next day.

58-year-old inmate Gregory Lange, from Ballinger, had been in the jail a little more than a week before being found unconscious October 17th. He died the next day at Shannon Medical Center. An autopsy is pending.

Tom Green County Sheriff, David Jones, said jailers responded in less than four minutes, after finding Lange unconscious.

“We had a medical issue within the jail, uh, that inmate was, uh, treated in the jail and immediately sent to the hospital and the next day he expired,”explained Jones.

Lange has been in the county jail several times over the past few years on DWI charges and he was in jail again last month after being convicted of at least three DWI’s and was waiting to be transferred to a state prison.

Lange was the Runnels County Justice of the Peace for over 20 years and retired in 2005. Sheriff Jones’ said Lange had a medical condition.

“The inmate came into jail with a medical condition,” confirmed Jones. “We are having a lot of people come into jail right now that are detoxing off of heroin, lot of alcohol withdraws.”

The last time an inmate died at the Tom Green County jail was in May last year. The inmate died of a drug overdose.

“It’s fairly rare, very rare. This is the only death that we’ve had this year. Uh, like I said, this death was due to a medical condition,” Jones continued.

For the past 12 years, the county jail passed the unannounced annual state inspection; but, before that in 2002, the jail failed a special unannounced inspection for not operating with sufficient staff.

“When people come into jail, we care for them. We meet all the jail standards, um, we pass our jail inspection each year. We are careful to make sure that people get the care that they need while they’re in our custody,” finished Jones.

The jail also passed the most recent unannounced annual check in February. Rangers said the autopsy results are expected in a few weeks. Officials said, to date, there are a total of 438 people in the Tom Green County jail, just shy of the jail’s capacity of 449.

Lange’s sentence was for three years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

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