A coroner’s jury last month in Montana found detention officers were not criminally liable in the November death of Haskell Indian Nations University freshman A.J. LongSoldier, who died after being incarcerated in a county jail.
LongSoldier, 18, who was a high school basketball standout in Montana, was in custody in November in the Hill County Jail in Montana for an alleged probation violation.
Fergus County Coroner Dick Brown said the autopsy determined LongSoldier died of acute alcohol withdrawal syndrome. He said while in custody LongSoldier felt ill and was taken to the hospital, but later was released back to the jail. When his condition worsened on Nov. 22, LongSoldier was again taken to Northern Montana Hospital in Havre where he died.
Brown said it was not common but also not unheard of for the body to shut down due to acute alcohol withdrawal. Montana state law requires a jury to decide circumstances of any death that occurs to an inmate in custody, he said.