Inmate who died in county jail had heart disease

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 27 January 2015 at 12:00 am

ALBION – An inmate found dead in the Orleans County Jail on Sept. 28 had heart disease and died of natural causes, Sheriff Scott Hess said this afternoon.

Juan Muriel-Gonzalez, 40, of the Bronx was found dead in his cell by corrections officers during the lunchtime chow call on Sept. 28.

The Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office in Rochester made a final determination on Muriel-Gonzalez’s death. The Medical Examiner has determined the cause of death was “Issues Related to Cardiovascular Disease” and the manner of death was “Natural Cause(s),” Hess said.

Muriel-Gonzalez was taken to the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office in Rochester for autopsy.

He had been incarcerated since June following his arrest for promoting prison contraband in the first degree. He pleaded guilty to criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fifth degree during an Aug. 24 court appearance, when he admitted to mailing prescription narcotics to his ex-wife, an inmate at the Albion Correctional Facility.

Muriel-Gonzalez faced a maximum sentence of 2 1/2 years in state prison. He was to be sentenced on Nov. 17.