22-year-old inmate dies in Kennebec County Jail

Posted Nov. 09, 2011, at 9:46 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Authorities at the Kennebec County Jail are investigating the sudden death of a 22-year-old inmate.

Sheriff Randall Liberty said Nicholas Michael Powell was found dead in his cell just before 5 a.m. Tuesday. An autopsy is scheduled.

Liberty told the Kennebec Journal that Powell appeared to be sleeping during the 4 a.m. check. When his cell was unlocked at 4:50 a.m. so he could begin his work shift in the jail kitchen, he didn’t wake up.

Augusta Rescue was called to assist in resuscitation efforts.

Powell was serving a nine-month sentence for violating probation on a domestic violence assault conviction. He had come into the jail in Augusta in September.

Liberty says his family said he had a history of heart ailments.

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