CLARKSBURG, W.Va. -- A man's death while on house arrest has prompted a change in Harrison County's home confinement system.
Sheriff Albert Marano says officers didn't know 26-year-old Michael Joseph Kelly had left his house to buy alcohol because the battery in his monitoring bracelet had died.
Kelly's mother found him hanged in his home on Jan. 7. The medical examiner's office ruled the death as a suicide.
Marano tells The Exponent Telegram that investigators believe Kelly didn't recharge the battery after an indicator alerted it was low the night of Jan. 6. Investigators also believe the battery died while the bracelet was trying to transmit an alert to Kelly's home confinement officer.
Marano says a rule change makes it a violation to allow a monitoring unit's battery to die.