Bertie Correctional offender dies of apparent suicide

Published 2:22 pm Wednesday, January 19, 2022

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WINDSOR – An offender incarcerated here at Bertie Correctional Institution has died in what is believed to be an apparent suicide.

The NC Department of Public Safety identified him as Jeffrey A. Jacobs. He was serving a life sentence for first degree murder after being convicted in Johnston County. He was admitted to prison on Sept. 12, 2002.

Jacobs was found unresponsive in his cell around 6:18 a.m. today (Wednesday). The prison’s first responders performed lifesaving measures until local paramedics arrived, who also worked to resuscitate the offender and pronounced Jacobs deceased at 6:48 a.m.

Law enforcement was notified of the death and is investigating, as is common in these circumstances. The Department of Public Safety is cooperating fully in the investigation and is also conducting its own investigation.