Watertown man slips pill, dies after being found guilty on child sex abuse charges

Jon Massey

A Watertown man died after taking what he told a deputy was cyanide at his sentencing in Jefferson County Court.

Jon Massey, 52, slipped the pill into his mouth in Jefferson County Court on Friday, moments after being found guilty of two counts of sexual act and two counts of course of sexual conduct against a child.

Itâ??s still unclear if the pill Massey ingested was indeed cyanide. An autopsy is due to be performed in Onondaga County.

Massey collapsed in court after taking the pill, and died in Samaritan Medical Center two days later.