Authorities have released few details on the death of a Cheshire County jail inmate this week after he suffered what a Keene police sergeant described as a medical emergency.
Michael J. Richmond, 44, of Hinsdale was taken to Cheshire Medical Center in Keene Friday and then to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, according to Sgt. Thaddeus “T.J.” Derendal. Richmond died at the Lebanon hospital Tuesday night, he said.
Derendal said police responded to the jail on Marlboro Road (Route 101) Friday at about 11:40 a.m.
He declined to elaborate on the emergency, pending an autopsy by the N.H. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The autopsy is slated for today or Friday, a representative from the office said this morning.
Keene police Lt. Steven Tenney said he did not know when Richmond was transferred to Lebanon.
Jail Superintendent Richard Van Wickler referred questions on the incident to Keene police, describing police as “the public information office on this case" in an email Tuesday. He said Richmond was in the jail for a parole violation and was delivered to the jail by the office of probation and parole.
Richmond was detained for violating his parole after reporting to his parole officer, said N.H. Department of Corrections spokeswoman Laura Montenegro. He was placed on parole after assaulting a prisoner while he was incarcerated, and his parole was scheduled to end in 2022, Montenegro said. She did not immediately respond to a request for information on the location and date of the assault.
A representative from the Keene probation/parole office Wednesday referred all questions about Richmond to the N.H. Department of Corrections.
According to a May 6 inmate list, Richmond was booked at the Cheshire County jail on May 1 and was in the pre-trial stage.
The circuit and superior courts in Keene had no information on what Richmond was charged with or any hearings on his case.
A man with the same name and birth date as Richmond was arrested April 29 in Northampton, Mass., on assault and battery and other charges, according to police there. But the officer declined to elaborate, saying additional information should be obtained from the records department.
The records department declined to give additional charges, but said Richmond was taken to the Hampshire County Jail and House of Corrections in Northampton, Mass. A representative from that jail declined today to release information about Richmond’s stay there, citing Massachusetts state law that prevents that disclosure.
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