2nd top administrator of troubled Virginia jail steps down


PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — A second top administrator of the troubled Hampton Roads Regional Jail in Portsmouth has stepped down.

Local media outlets report that assistant superintendent Lt. Col. Eugene Taylor III departed Monday. Earlier in September, Superintendent David L. Simons took early retirement.

The departures come as Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring and others have called for a federal investigation into the jail following two high-profile deaths.

In August 2015, 24-year-old Jamycheal Mitchell died at the jail. An autopsy showed that the mentally ill inmate died of heart failure accompanied by severe weight loss.

And last month, 60-year-old inmate Henry Stewart died two days after asking for emergency medical help.

Norfolk Sheriff Bob McCabe is the interim superintendent of the facility.

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