Virginia Beach Correctional Center inmate dies in custody

A Virginia Beach Correctional Center inmate died while in custody this morning.

During routine security checks about 2:45 a.m., a deputy sheriff found Anthony Wayne Yuhas, 20, of Virginia Beach, in medical distress and immediately rendered aid. Despite receiving medical attention from the deputy, jail medical staff, and the Virginia Beach Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services, medics pronounced Yuhas dead at approximately 3:20 a.m.

Yuhas was admitted into the Virginia Beach Correctional Center on July 27, 2020, on a misdemeanor failure to appear charge. He was denied bond by a magistrate. As with all new admissions into the jail, he received a full medical screening and a physical. Yuhas had a serious preexisting medical condition, but his diagnosis and treatment are confidential under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

As with all in-custody deaths, the incident is being investigated by the Virginia Beach Police Department and the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office, including reviewing camera footage. As required, the incident has also been reported to the Virginia Department of Corrections, which reviews all in-custody deaths and has the authority to investigate. Yuhas did not have a cell mate and no foul play is suspected.

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

The Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office sends its sincere condolences to Yuhas’s friends and family.

Any questions or requests for additional information from the news media may be directed to Kathy Hieatt, Public Information Officer: or 757.385.8446 (office).