Inmate dies after medical condition put him in hospital

Jul 28, 2015

Rockland — A 46-year-old Rockland man who was serving a six-month sentence at the Knox County jail died July 27 after a medical condition forced him to be taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland for emergency surgery.

William McNeil III was well liked by both the staff and inmates, Sheriff Donna Dennison said July 28 in an email. The state medical examiner will perform an autopsy, the sheriff said, although she is not certain when that will occur.

Dennison said McNeil was taken to the Emergency Department at Pen Bay Medical Center before being transferred to the Portland hospital for emergency surgery.

She said she could not comment further, as she is not positive of all the details of the incident yet, and is barred from speaking specifically about the medical condition because of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which restricts access to individuals' private medical information.

McNeil was serving the sentence for domestic violence terrorizing, and pleaded guilty July 1.

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