Inmate found dead in Greensboro Jail

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Michael Stephen Dearen

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Guilford County sheriff says an inmate was found dead Tuesday morning in his cell at the Greensboro Jail Central.

Sheriff BJ Barnes says 60-year-old Michael Stephen Dearen was found unresponsive around 5:30 a.m. after detention officers noticed he never got his breakfast.

Officers attempted first aid and tried using a defibrillator until paramedics arrived, Barnes said.  Dearen was pronounced dead a short time later.

Barnes says Dearen got into his cell around 11 p.m. Monday.  He appeared to be sleeping while officers made rounds overnight, Barnes said.

Dearen arrived at the jail on Friday after being charged with assault on a female, Barnes said.  He was being held on a $2,500 bond.

Barnes says Dearen was convicted in 1983 of second-degree murder and attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon.  He was held in the N.C. Department of Corrections from May 25, 1983 to June 7, 2010.  He was on supervised parole until Friday when he was arrested.

No other details were available.