Sheriff's Office Investigating Death of Inmate Released on Electronic Monitoring

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Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

The Sheriff’s Office Coroner’s Bureau is investigating the in-home death of an offender who was on electronic monitoring. At approximately 7:31 a.m. on September 23, 2021, Sheriff’s deputies responded with fire and medics to a residence in the 100-block of El Sueno Road for a patient in cardiac arrest. While help was on the way, Emergency Medial dispatchers ascertained from the reporting person that the patient was obviously deceased. When first responders arrived on scene, they confirmed the death at 7:37 a.m.

The decedent has been identified as 40-year-old Nathaniel Montross of Santa Barbara. Montross was arrested by the Santa Barbara Police Department on April 19, 2021, for burglary (felony), identity theft (felony), possession of stolen property (misdemeanor), as well as 2 separate warrants for violations of probation. Montross was sentenced on June 3, 2021, to 1 year in custody and an additional 2 years of mandatory supervision. On June 9, 2021, Montross was placed on electronic monitoring and began serving his sentence at home.

This death does not appear suspicious in nature, but Coroner’s detectives are conducting a death investigation. We do not expect to have a finalized cause and manner of death for 6-8 weeks, pending toxicology results.

Inmates wishing to serve their sentences on electronic monitoring must apply for it and be approved by the Sheriff’s Office Alternative Sentencing Bureau. Inmates who participate in the electronic monitoring program are still considered to be in the custody of the Sheriff.

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Somewhere Over ... Sep 25, 2021 05:04 PM
Sheriff's Office Investigating Death of Inmate Released on Electronic Monitoring

I agree with you Evole23. More importantly... why did they have to use his real name anyway. They shouldn't have done that. They start the story by calling him an inmate, they should end the story the same way. I hope for a speedy healing process for his family and final peace for the deceased man.

Evole23 Sep 24, 2021 03:00 PM
Sheriff's Office Investigating Death of Inmate Released on Electronic Monitoring

That is an extremely insensitive as well as inaccurate comment to make when someone has just died. First of all, you don't know the total sentence he was serving. He had already served quite a few months, as well as receiving probation and fines. Secondly, what an inappropriate thing to say. You ought to be ashamed of yourself. Think about Nate's poor family-that was his parent's house! Nate was a very good man who made some poor choices in life, as we all have. However, he was a beautiful person and a very loyal friend. It is unfortunate that this is the way he will be remembered, as associated with being a prisoner. There was much more to him than that. My heart and prayers go out to his family and friends.

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