John MacKean, who sexually assaulted N.S. chained teen, dies in prison

Media work in front of the Bridgewater, NS courthouse on November 20th, 2012. (Sándor Fizli/QMI...

Media work in front of the Bridgewater, NS courthouse on November 20th, 2012. (Sándor Fizli/QMI Agency)

Kris Sims, Atlantic Bureau

, Last Updated: 2:00 PM ET

BRIDGEWATER, N.S. — A man who drove hundreds of miles to sexually assault a chained-up teen boy in a rural Nova Scotia shack has died in prison.

John Leonard MacKean, 65, a married father of two, was convicted in June and sentenced to two years in prison and three years' probation.

He died Wednesday night at Springhill Institution. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

"It sounds like it was natural causes, which is still very difficult for his family. They've had a tough road for a couple of years," MacKean's defence lawyer, Mike Taylor, said Thursday.

"I was concerned at first that violence could have been a factor, considering his conviction, but these cases are always put into protective custody and not into general population."

MacKean had numerous ailments, including a heart condition.

In September 2012, two men took the 16-year-old boy from Halifax to a remote shack in Upper Chelsea, about 125 km west.


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