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Sheriff: Pinellas inmate death prompts complete review

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A day after admitting mistakes were made, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri has ordered a complete review of jail booking procedures in the aftermath of an inmate's death.

On Sunday morning, officials discovered inmate Kelly Harding unresponsive in his cell. Harding was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Officials said their investigation revealed Harding died of strangulation, noting "toilet paper had been forced down his throat."

7/24/2013 Related Story: Pinellas Sheriff says error led to two inmates in same cell

During the course of the investigation, officials said Harding's cellmate, Scott Greenberg, admitted to killing him in hopes he would go to death row. Greenburg is currently in jail on murder charge in connection with the death of his girlfriend.

On Tuesday, Sheriff Gualtieri acknowledged a mistake was made when officials housed Harding and Greenburg in the same cell. "Ultimately this is our responsibility, we're responsible for making sure people are classified properly and making sure they're in the right status with us," said Gualtieri.

While Kelly Harding entered the jail last year on a felony burglary charge, in January he pled to a reduced charge of misdemeanor trespassing, but the jail system never made the change.

Inmates charged with felonies are not supposed to be housed with those accused of misdemeanors.

On Wednesday, the sheriff said a full review was underway. Officials will be reviewing all jail bookings, inmate records and classifications to ensure inmates are being properly housed.

The sheriff also said the review would look into why Kelly Harding was not reclassified once his plea changed back in January.

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