Inmate dies in Franklin County Regional Jail, investigation underway

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Posted at 12:52 PM, Apr 01, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-01 18:35:53-04

FRANKFORT KY. (LEX 18) — A death investigation is underway after 28-year-old Mark Anthony Connolly III was found unresponsive Thursday morning in the Franklin County Regional Jail.

The jail, medical staff, correction officers, and the Frankfort Fire Department made attempts to revive Connolly but they were unsuccessful, according to a report from Jailer Jake Banta.


Connolly was pronounced dead at the jail.

The cause and manner of the death are currently under investigation.

Connolly's death comes less than a week after inmate Brandon Manley was rushed to the hospital late Saturday evening.


Lindsey Hopper, who shares a 15-year-old son with Manley, says an inmate told the family he tried three times to get staff to help Manley before Manley was moved to a single detox cell. She says he had problems breathing and has been on life-support since.

Her questions keep mounting. "What really happened? How was he, was he really begging for help? Did you all leave him laying there?", said Hopper.

To make matters worse, Hopper says the jail didn't notify the family Manley was in the hospital until several hours later.

"We should have been aware, most definitely, before it got that far", said Hopper.

Hopper says the jailer told her it has been a bad week. "He said he was trying to see if Brandon inhaled something while he was in there because he has an issue with fentanyl going throughout his jail."

Frankfort Police are handling the investigation.