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Posted on: August 11, 2023

3 Inmates Charged in Connection with Inmate’s Death

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 11, 2023 

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Katy Glover
kglover@sarpy.gov
402-593-4132 

3 Inmates Charged in Connection with Inmate’s Death 

Three inmates on Friday were charged in connection with an inmate’s death at the Sarpy County Correctional Center.

Inmate Dreshawn A. Stewart, 21, has been charged with 2nd Degree Murder. Inmates Diego Vasquez, 21, and Derek Kern, 31, each have been charged with Tampering with Physical Evidence and Accessory to a Felony.

On August 10, 2023, Sarpy County Corrections Officers found inmate Huan Pham, 43, unresponsive in a cell and attempted to resuscitate him with CPR at approximately 9:48 p.m. First responders from the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office and Papillion Fire Department arrived and also attempted to resuscitate Pham but were unsuccessful. Pham was pronounced dead at 10:23 p.m.

Pham was being held in the Sarpy County Correctional Center on a DUI warrant from another agency. 

The defendants were incarcerated at the Sarpy County Correctional Center for charges previously incurred. Stewart was incarcerated for Assault by Strangulation or Suffocation; Vasquez was incarcerated for Robbery and Use of Firearm to Commit a Felony charges; and Kern was incarcerated for Assault by Strangulation or Suffocation and Commit Child Abuse Intentional/No Injury charges. 

An investigation into this matter is ongoing, and additional details are not available at this time.  

The Sarpy County Department of Corrections extends its sincere condolences to Mr. Pham’s family. 

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