MACHIAS, Maine — The state medical examiner’s office has determined that a Washington County Jail inmate died from injuries suffered when he jumped from a stairwell on Oct. 21.
The medical examiner listed James Roy’s cause of death as “multiple blunt force injuries to head and chest from a fall from stairwell,” Mark Belserene, spokesman for the examiner’s office, confirmed Wednesday.
The examiner has ruled his death a suicide, Belserene said, declining to release any further information.
Roy, 55, of East Machias was being held pretrial at the Machias jail facing charges of aggravated assault, domestic violence criminal threatening and criminal restraint, according to Washington County District Attorney Matthew Foster.
“The aggravated assault was a Class B [charge], so he would have been facing up to 10 years in prison,” Foster added.
Another inmate alerted jail staff Friday morning, and officers found Roy unconscious on the floor of his assigned jail dormitory with an apparent head wound. An ambulance took him to Down East Community Hospital in Machias, where he was pronounced dead about three hours later, according to the jail.
Washington County Sheriff Barry Curtis said Tuesday that evidence led officials to believe there was nothing suspicious about Roy’s death.
“The sheriff’s office also is working with the Maine Department of Corrections to conduct a review of jail procedures, which is standard practice in situations like this,” Curtis said Tuesday.
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