Career criminal jailed for armed robbery dies in sleep

Polk County, FL -- 54-year-old, Lakeland resident, Greg Mitchell Hughes, who was arrested on July 17, 2014 died in his sleep.

Hughes was arrested on charges of Burglary with Assault or Battery, Robbery with Weapon, Burglary of Unoccupied Structure Unarmed, Aggravated Battery with Deadly Weapon, and Trespassing,

Hughes has been held without bond since his arrest and was being housed at the South County Jail.

At approximately 11:30 pm, on Saturday, July 19, 2014, Hughes' and two cellmates' armbands were scanned and the three went to sleep.

At approximately 4:20 am, detention deputies attempted to wake Hughes for breakfast and found him unresponsive.

Detention Deputies attempted CPR and administered an AED which advised no shock and to continue CPR. Jail medical staff responded and assisted with life saving measures until emergency medical services arrived and declared Hughes deceased.

Hughes had a history of Congestive Heart Failure.

No foul play is suspected.

An autopsy will be conducted to determine the exact cause of death.

Hughes' Criminal arrest history includes 7 prior prison convictions

This is an ongoing death investigation.

It is standard Polk County Sheriff's Office policy for mandated, independent investigations to be conducted when an inmate dies. The PCSO Administrative Investigations Section is conducting an internal review. The PCSO Bureau of Criminal Investigations is conducting the death investigation.

The Polk County Medical Examiner will conduct the autopsy to determine the manner and cause of death. PCSO has notified the State Attorney's Office about this investigation, and upon its completion PCSO will forward all paperwork to the State Attorney's Office for their review.


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