County jail death being investigated

The Montgomery County Sheriffs Office and state police are investigating a death that occurred Friday at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility, according to a press release.

According to police, Kenneth W. McConville, 37, was being held at the jail awaiting arraignment on unspecified charges when he died.

The news release sent by the sheriff’s office said McConville was arrested by state police and was being held as a detainee in a holding cell at the Montgomery County Jail, and during that time he died.

According to the release, both departments are working closely together to determine the cause of death.

However, the release doesn’t specify what he was in custody for or charged with. His residence also wasn’t identified in the release.

A representative at the sheriff’s office said Saturday afternoon the department will not being releasing any other details than what has been put in the release.

State police spokesman Mark Ceipel didn’t immediately return a phone call seeking more information on the deceased or the incidents leading up to his death.

Over the last several years there have been a number of reported deaths involving people being held at the facility.

Luis A. Torres Jr., 30, died Oct. 13, 2010, after receiving severe head injuries from falling to the pavement after somehow exiting a moving prisoner transport van that was returning to the Montgomery County Jail on Route 5S in Fultonville.

Another Montgomery County jail inmate was allegedly denied medical treatment while in custody in 2009 and died from his condition.

A previous court filing claimed an untreated sinus infection led to the death of James P. Vandermark, 27, on Oct. 27, 2009.

The Amsterdam resident was in custody at the Montgomery County Sheriffs Office for a parole violation.

However, according to court documents, Judge Thomas J. McAvoy later dismissed the lawsuit between the Vandermark’s mother, Theresa Vandermark, and Montgomery County, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, and Montgomery County Jail officials on Feb. 19, 2013.