A Lawrence County jail inmate who officials said jumped from a cell block balcony Friday remains in critical condition.

Matthew Hamilton, 22, of 1214 Highland Ave., was taken to Jameson Hospital, then flown to St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown after the fall.

Maj. Robert Porada said Hamilton plunged about 12 feet from the second-floor balcony of his cell block to the cement floor around 8:30 p.m. He suffered massive head trauma, according to reports the jail received from the hospital.

Porada said no one was around him at that moment, and the fall was not caused by another inmate. β€œHe did it all on his own.”

Porada said he was not working when the incident occurred. He is in charge of the facility during the day, in the absence of Warden Charles Adamo, who is on sick leave.

Hamilton, who had been living in North Sewickley Township, entered the jail Wednesday on a parole violation.

Porada said that Lawrence County Adult Probation lifted its detainer on him after the incident, and Hamilton is no longer in county custody.

Hamilton is the second inmate in two months to have been injured as a result of a jump from the balcony railings.

Lance Druga, 24, of Long Avenue, vaulted from the railing of his cell block last month. He was flown to Pittsburgh, then later released and was recovering from his injuries.

He is scheduled for a bond revocation hearing at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at the request of his attorney, Dennis Elisco.

He was released from jail on his own recognizance the afternoon of his fall, so the county would not incur his medical bills.

Druga will remain on probation status, but was scheduled for trial this week on unrelated charges filed by Union Township police.

District Attorney John Bongivengo said the revocation hearing also could determine whether Druga will go to a state prison.

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