Michael Thrash Dies in Montrose County Jail
by Marta Tarbell
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MONTROSE – Montrose resident Michael Thrash, found guilty of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust in early June, died at St. Mary’s Hospital, in Grand Junction, on Tuesday, July 30.

Thrash, who was in a “common area of the maximum security pod at Montrose County Jail,” according to an Aug. 5 Montrose County press release, died from injuries suffered after he jumped from “a second-tier landing” in the jail.

The victim, who was 8 years old when the assault took place, testified in the early-summer trial that the sexual assault took place in Thrash’s home while his wife was out shopping; Thrash, 72, was to have been sentenced on Thursday, Aug. 22, for the 2011 crime.

According to the county press release, “When the inmates are out of their cells, they are monitored by the master control operator.” Prior to the incident that led to Thrash's death, the operator “observed Mr. Thrash on the second tier landing, [and] ordered him to come down,” whereupon Thrash “threw a leg over the railing and jumped.

“Jail medical personnel and deputies were on scene within seconds of the incident,” the report continued.

Thrash was transported by ambulance to Montrose Memorial Hospital, and then transferred to St. Mary’s Hospital.

According to Montrose County Coroner Dr. Thomas Canfield, Thrash died from "complications of multiple traumatic injuries."
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