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Jerome Combs Detention Center

KANKAKEE — Kankakee County Sheriff’s Police are investigating the death of a federal inmate being held at the Jerome Combs Detention Center in January.

Willie T. Weathersby, 31, of Chicago, was found unresponsive on the floor of his cell by corrections officers at 9 a.m. Jan. 15, Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner said. He was pronounced dead at 9:41 a.m. at the facility.

An autopsy was performed and toxicology results found opioids in Weathersby’s system, Gessner said. Weathersby’s incarceration at the facility began on Jan. 8 when he was transported to the Kankakee facility by U.S. Marshals Service. Investigators are now trying to learn how the inmate got narcotics inside the facility, Kankakee County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Ken McCabe said.

The county has a financial agreement with U.S. Marshals to house prisoners in Kankakee. Weathersby was being held on federal charges.

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