Steuben County Man facing murder charges commits suicide
BATH, NY (WENY) -- The Steuben County Sheriff has confirmed to WENY News, a Steuben County man charged in the death of a 60-year-old man, died Friday night at Noyes hospital in Dansville.
According to Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard, Alan Schultheis, died at the hospital after jumping off the second floor of the jail, where he shouldn't have been, and onto the concrete floor. This comes after Schultheis has a preliminary hearing on Friday. He managed to survive and make it to the hospital in Dansville, but later that night he succumbed to his injuries and died.
"It's just such a tragic end to a horrific story," Allard told WENY News. "The crime that was committed in Hornell, the victim, and the victim's family, and then this capping it all off is just one more tragic decision by a person who was misguided."
Schultheis was originally arrested and arraigned on various charges after police say a man was found dead in an Arc of Steuben Home in Hornell, around the beginning of November. Schultheis was facing a number of charges including second degree murder and tampering with physical evidence.
Police were called to a the home at 65 Elm street, on Monday, November 4th. They were responding to a call of a man with a neck injury. One on scene, investigators found 60 year old Jay Sprague in an upstairs bedroom, dead with a neck wound.
At a press conference, investigators said that Sprague was a resident of the home. Schultheis was employed to supervise the residences which included Sprague. During the press conference officers said that it was unknown if there were any other people inside the home at the time of the incident or if Schultheis was on the clock.
He was initially arraigned at the Hornell City Court later that day.
Following the investigation, the Arc of Steuben county released a statement saying in part, “The safety and well-being of the people we serve in this community is and continues to be, our utmost priority. All of us at The Arc of Steuben are shocked and saddened by yesterday’s occurrence. I assure you that we are cooperating fully with the authorities on this matter and will do whatever we can to ensure a thorough and effective investigation. Grief counselors are being mobilized to support our staff, families and the people that we serve, as our community continues to grieve and process yesterday’s difficult news.”
Sheriff Allard says the investigation into the suicide is still ongoing. They'll be putting together a full investigative package for the state commission of corrections for review. From there, the sheriff's office will look at what could've been done differently, and what changes should be made moving forward. Stick with WENY News as this story develops.