Maynard dies after life support removed

— Five days after William Maynard tried to convince a Routt County Judge to send his son to a rehabilitation center, Maynard made a decision that ended his son's life.
Jared Wayne Maynard died Tuesday at Denver Health Medical Center after life-support measures were removed at the request of the family. The Houston, Texas, native was 20.
On Wednesday, Maynard's body was transported from Denver to the office of Douglas S. Allen, Routt County coroner.
Douglas expects toxicology tests and an autopsy to be complete by the end of this week.
Maynard died two days after he hung himself at the jail in the Routt County Sheriff's Office.
Maynard was found hanging at about 6:58 p.m. Sunday in cellblock A. Maynard tied a bed linen to a second-floor railing outside his jail cell. The incident is under investigation.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family," Sheriff John Warner said Wednesday morning. "It has had an impact on our staff."
Maynard's family could not be reached for comment.
The suicide attempt occurred three days after the former Colorado Mountain College student was sentenced to 18 months in the Routt County Jail for stealing an ambulance and assaulting a paramedic at the campus at the end of August.
Maynard was sentenced to jail by District Judge Joel S. Thompson.
On the same day Maynard was sentenced he had been evaluated by the Steamboat Mental Health Center, Warner said.
The results of the evaluation determined Maynard was a low risk as far as being a danger to himself and others, Warner said.
Maynard's attorney, Cheryl Hardy-Moore, had pleaded with Thompson during last week's court hearing to send her client to a rehabilitation center in California that included psychiatric help.
Maynard's father also asked Thompson to send his son to the rehabilitation center, at which the elder Maynard had already reserved a place for his son.
William Maynard, an attorney, told the court of his son's upbringing that included diagnoses of attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity and depression. He described his son as being immature.
Maynard also told the court his son had problems with drugs and alcohol, and he had been in and out of public and private schools.
His son had also gotten treatment at three rehabilitation centers for the substance-abuse problem, he said.
In the end, Thompson sentenced Maynard to 18 month jails and placed him on four years of probation.
At the end of the hearing, Maynard spat on a sheriff deputy, who was there to take him back to the jail.
Robert DelValle, a Steamboat Springs detective, is investigating the incident along with two investigators from the Sheriff's Office.
Maynard's death does not change the investigation, DelValle said.

To reach Gary E. Salazar call 871-4205 or e-mail gsalazar@amigo.net

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