Arapahoe County inmate appears to die by suicide

Brian Heath Roundtree was admitted to jail one day earlier


An inmate at the Arapahoe County jail was found dead of an apparent suicide in his cell at about 10 p.m. Jan. 18, according to the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office.

Brian Heath Roundtree, 43, received medical assistance upon being found, but Roundtree could not be resuscitated and was pronounced dead at the scene, a news release from the sheriff's office said. He had been arrested on suspicion of robbery, said Julie Brooks, spokeswoman for the sheriff's office. He was booked into the jail Jan. 17.

His incident that same day involved felony menacing along with aggravated robbery, according to court records. Roundtree pleaded guilty in a case involving an aggravated-robbery charge in 1994 and pleaded guilty to aggravated motor-vehicle theft in 1998.

He was in his cell by himself at the time of death, and his death doesn't appear to be suspicious, the release said. The ongoing investigation into the death is being conducted by the sheriff's office and the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office.

Roundtree, who lived in the Highlands Ranch area, was a former production manager and writer for 5280 magazine and a marketing and communications coordinator for the South Metro Denver Realtor Association. He attended Smoky Hill High School, the Community College of Denver and Arapahoe Community College. At 5280, Roundtree was among those who mentored high-school students through a program with the Colorado "I Have A Dream" Foundation.

A service for Roundtree will be held at Olinger Chapel Hill Mortuary and Cemetery, located at 6601 S. Colorado Blvd. in Centennial, at 10 a.m. Jan. 26, according to an online obituary.


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