News 3 Rikers Island officials punished in inmate death The Rikers Island guard whose neglect authorities say let a mentally ill former Marine die in a jail cell that overheated to at least 100 degrees was suspended for 20 days. Photo Credit: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images By MATTHEW CHAYES/Newsday @chayesmatthew April 3, 2014 7:55 PM Print Share Share Tweet Share Email The city's top jailer has disciplined three Rikers Island officials as an internal probe continues over a mentally ill former Marine left alone to die in a cell where temperatures reached at least 100 degrees. Acting Correction Commissioner Mark Cranston ordered the facility's warden demoted, the mechanic supervising the heating system transferred and an additional suspension for the guard who neglected to check in on inmate Jerome Murdough, 56. Murdough, on antipsychotics and anti-seizure medicine, was locked up at Rikers after police caught him seeking warmth in a public-housing stairwell where he didn't belong. He couldn't make the $2,500 bail. He was found dead Feb. 16. Cranston has blamed the excessive heat in the cell block on a malfunctioning heating system. According to correction spokesman Eldin Villafane, the warden of Rikers' Anna M. Kross Center where Murdough was housed, Rose Agro, is being demoted to a facility that doesn't oversee the mentally ill. The mechanics supervisor, who wasn't named, was transferred to a job where he's not responsible for projects related to inmate housing. The guard who was supposed to check on Murdough every half-hour -- but didn't for up to four hours -- had already been suspended 20 days without pay. Cranston added 10 more days, the maximum allowed under civil service law. The guard's name hasn't been disclosed, and he could face further punishment. By MATTHEW CHAYES/Newsday @chayesmatthew Matthew Chayes covers New York City Hall for Newsday and amNewYork, a beat that inspired his Twitter bio: "Used to cover crime. Now I cover politics. Trying to learn the difference." Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments Comments section is temporarily on hold. Here’s why.