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Breaking: Green County Jail inmate dies after suicide attempt
Mendonca is second inmate to die in jail in two weeks
Green County Sheriff and Jail
MONROE — A Green County Jail inmate has died after attempting to hang himself in his cell, according to Green County Sheriff Jeff Skatrud.

Louis R. Mendonca, 76, Monroe, died at about 8:55 a.m. Sunday, June 23, Skatrud reported.

It is the second death of a Green County Jail inmate in less than two weeks. Kyle E. Bearden, 27, formerly of New Glarus, died after he was found unresponsive in his maximum security cell on June 10. Bearden's cause of death is unknown pending toxicology reports.

Deputies discovered Mendonca attempting to hang himself at about 11:20 p.m. Friday, June 21. The deputies had completed a walk-through check of the inmates in their cells less than an hour earlier.

Louis R. Mendonca
Louis R. Mendonca
Deputies were able to free Mendonca and began to perform life-saving measures. Meanwhile, Green County EMS and Monroe First Response were dispatched to the jail.

Mendonca was transported to Monroe Clinic and admitted to the intensive care unit.

Skatrud released the information on Mendonca less than an hour after his death Sunday morning.

Mendonca had been incarcerated since Feb. 21 and was recently convicted of misdemeanor bail jumping, disorderly conduct and domestic abuse-related battery. He also had other pending domestic-related charges.

The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an independent investigation into Mendonca’s death, according to Skatrud.