Monticello man dies in Lincoln County Jail

Published 9:51 am Thursday, April 25, 2024

A Monticello man has died after being found unresponsive in a holding cell in the Lincoln County Jail.

Sheriff Steve Rushing said that at approximately 6:28 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, jailers noticed a man in a holding cell who appeared to be unconscious. They entered the cell and found Johnathon Neal unresponsive.

Staff notified 911 and an ambulance responded to the jail while jailers attempted life-saving measures. Neal did not respond to treatment and was declared dead at the scene.

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No other persons were in the cell with Neal at the time of the incident, Rushing said. Neal, age 46, was being held on a probation violation warrant from Lawrence County for the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

“As a matter of procedure, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations was notified and will handle the investigation,” said Rushing. “Any further information release will be referred to MBI.”