A Plover man who had pleaded guilty to first-degree homicide, was discovered hanging in his cell at approximately 11:30 p.m. Sunday, July 6, while Portage County Jail corrections officers were conducting safety and security checks.
Jose Luis Flores Aca, 33, was charged with first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree sexual assault that resulted in the death of a human and one count of hiding a corpse in connection with the death of a Plover woman Sept. 3, 2013.
Flores Aca pleaded guilty June 27 to the first two charges and the charge of hiding a corpse was dismissed. He was awaiting sentencing but faced life in prison.
Flores Aca strangled Jamie Koch, Plover, at her apartment in the early morning hours of Aug. 7, 2013, and tried to cover up the crime by burning her body in her car after driving it to a farm in Waupaca County. Authorities arrested him the following week.
At the Portage County Jail he was housed by himself, in a block containing five other inmates in individual cells. Corrections officers had conducted a previous in-person check on him less than 30 minutes earlier with no indications of any problems at that time.
According to the criminal complaint from the Koch murder, released by Portage County District Attorney Louis J. Molepske Jr., when authorities asked Flores Aca what was going through his mind he said “that he wasn’t going to run away from his problem and if law enforcement found out, they found out.”
He said he thought about killing himself or just running away, but that wasn’t going to “help anybody,” the complaint says.
He told authorities “he knew what he did and he knew it was not his place to kill anyone, but it happened so he needed to confront his problem,” the complaint says.
Flores Aca was found hanging from a bed sheet and despite actions by the officers, he was pronounced dead at the Jail by paramedics.
He was held in one of the jail’s maximum security blocks, awaiting sentencing scheduled for Sept. 30.