Corrections officer charged with death of psychiatric patient

A former New Hampshire corrections officer was arrested and charged in the death of a psychiatric patient.

Matthew Millar, 39, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder for the death of a patient that occurred last year, according to a Feb. 8 attorney general's press release.

Jason Rothe, 50, was a patient at the secure psychiatric unit of the state's department of corrections. On April 29, 2023, six corrections officers in the unit used force during an incident involving Mr. Rothe. According to the attorney general's office, Mr. Millar is alleged to have "recklessly caused" the patient's death by using his arms and/or legs to apply pressure to Mr. Rothe's torso and/or neck, resulting in death due to combined traumatic compression and positional asphyxiation. 

In October, the medical examiner determined Mr. Rothe's manner of death was homicide — meaning caused by another person.

The release said Mr. Millar received training on asphyxia and the risk of death inherent with the specific manner of restraint he applied. He was arrested Feb. 8.

The attorney general does not anticipate charging any of the other corrections officers involved in the incident, the release said.

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