Jail authorities say man facing meth charge has committed suicide


WHITESTOWN — A Rome man charged early Saturday with felony drug possession on Henry Street is believed to have killed himself in the county jail only hours later, according to law enforcement officials.

Scott A. Hence, age 31, was found unresponsive in his cell at the county jail at 3:45 p.m. Saturday, according to Sheriff Robert M. Maciol. Corrections officers and medical staff immediately began life saving measures, authorities said, and Hence was rushed to St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica. He was later transferred to University Hospital in Syracuse.

Hence was pronounced dead this morning and his body was transferred to the Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

Maciol said the Sheriff’s Office is investigating, and the suicide has also been referred to the state Commission of Correction for further investigation.

Hence was taken into custody at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday after he was found in a basement on Henry Street with a felony amount of methamphetamine, according to Rome Police.

Hence was a former resident of the Henry Street home, and police said he was in the basement with both quantities of meth and the ingredients to make more.

Police said Hence had been charged with both second-degree possession of a controlled substance, a class A-2 felony, and a parole violation. He had been scheduled to appear in City Court.


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