Royce Sykes mugshot

HILLSBORO, Mo. ( – A 47-year-old inmate died at the Jefferson County Jail Monday.

Authorities said Royce Sykes of De Soto died from an apparent cardiac arrest.

He had a history of complaints about chest pains while he was in jail. Authorities said he was taken to a hospital numerous times and examined before going back to jail.

Sykes had been in jail since March 2 for violating probation connected to drug charges.

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