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Coroner IDs Banning Inmate Who Died In Custody Christmas Day

Smith Correctional Facility in south Banning, Calif., November 2011. Banning-Beaumont Patch photo by Guy McCarthy.
Smith Correctional Facility in south Banning, Calif., November 2011. Banning-Beaumont Patch photo by Guy McCarthy.
The Riverside County coroner has identified an inmate who "appeared to have a significant medical event" early Christmas Day at Smith Correctional in Banning and died at a hospital.

Michael Portley, 52, of Hemet, was found unresponsive in his cell and he was pronounced deceased at San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital in Banning, coroner's personnel said in a statement.

Portley had been locked up since November, according to inmate records. He was held without bail on felonies including burglary, for which he had been sentenced. Inmate records for Portley listed other charges that were dismissed.

The Sheriff's Department on Monday Dec. 30 declined to release Portley's booking photo.

Smith Correctional is the largest lockup in Riverside County.

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Banning Inmate 'Appears to Have Significant Medical Event,' Dies Christmas Day
Greg Nicholson December 31, 2013 at 10:04 AM
This is weird, my brother last year passed away at Smith during the xmas season waiting transfer. is it me or do they kill off one a year?
robert minerich December 31, 2013 at 10:20 AM
Sounds little fishy to me then Who am I Cadillac my neighbor Debbie Roth on oak glen Road in yucaipa she made false accusations about me and my safety was compromised my house was burglarized thanks to my compassionate caring neighbor NOT

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