NYLON – Pedro Sanchez was in the Monroe County Jail awaiting court action on Burglary and Petit Larceny charges when he was rushed to the hospital Monday morning. His family says he died without anyone being told he was there. Their emotions were evident outside Rochester City Court Thursday.
According to news partner 13WHAM, Sanchez’ alleged attackers and fellow inmates Darren Bridges and Tra’Shawn Bell, both 19, pled not guilty to first-degree manslaughter charges. Investigators say Sanchez died of injuries he suffered in a fist fight Sunday morning. Investigators say Sanchez was taken to the hospital Sunday and medically cleared to return to the jail. But by Monday morning, Sanchez was in serious condition and had to be returned to the hospital, where he died.
“It was a situation that was ongoing and fast-paced and as soon as we were able to release information, the family was contacted,” said Chief Deputy Drew Forsythe of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department.
13WHAM News has learned Bridges was scheduled to be sentenced for robbery Wednesday. Now the judge will await the outcome of this case before making a decision on the robbery charges. The jail superintendent denies reports the three men were involved in another altercation days earlier.
Sanchez suffered blunt force injuries from punches to his body that damaged his spleen. Sanchez served two sentences in state prison and is a level three sex offender.
“At any time if we’re aware of a situation between inmates, we put a no contact order on them so they’re not housed in the same area,” said Superintendent Ronald Harling. “We had no prior indication to this that these inmates had a problem with each other.” The New York State Commission of Corrections is investigating the incident.
PHOTO CAPTION: (L-R) Darren Bridges and Tra’Shawn Bell. (Photo/13WHAM)