Chronically ill Virginia Beach Correctional Center inmate dies at local hospital

A Virginia Beach Correctional Center inmate died Sunday evening at Sentara Princess Anne Hospital.

Juston Akeem Jones, 34, was arrested by the Virginia Beach Police Department and booked into the Virginia Beach Correctional Center on Sept. 6, 2022, on one felony strangulation charge and one misdemeanor charge of assault and battery of a family member. He was denied bond by a magistrate, during a bond hearing in Virginia Beach Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court and bond appeal in Virginia Beach Circuit Court.

Juston Akeem Jones - Deceased Inmate 10-9-22
Juston Akeem Jones

Jones had a chronic illness and was hospitalized for most of his time in custody, including at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital from Sept. 6-28, 2022, and Sentara Princess Anne Hospital from Oct. 7, 2022, through his time of death shortly after 10 p.m. on Oct. 9, 2022. Due to health privacy laws, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office cannot disclose details of his medical diagnosis or treatment.

Jones’ family was permitted to visit him in the hospital prior to his death.

“Our sincere condolences go out to Juston Jones’ family and friends,” said Sheriff Ken Stolle. “We don’t want anyone to die in our custody, but this was a very ill man, and we did everything that we could for him. We ensured that he received compassionate care to the end, including having the opportunity to say goodbye to his loved ones.”

As with all in-custody deaths, the incident was reported to Virginia Beach Police Department and Virginia Department of Corrections, which reviews all in-custody deaths and has the authority to investigate. No foul play is suspected.

The official cause and manner of death is determined by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Norfolk.

Any questions or requests for additional information from the news media may be directed to Public Information Officer Toni Guagenti at 757-385-8446 or tguagenti@vbso.net or Strategic Communications Consultant Kathy Hieatt at 757-570-9123 or khieatt@vbso.net.