Inmate death at Springfield prison

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SPRINGFIELD – The Vermont State Police are investigating the death of a 46-year-old inmate at Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield.

The man’s name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

According to authorities, the inmate was found unresponsive in his cell during a routine check at 9:27 a.m. today.

Corrections staff provided emergency medical care and called first responders to the prison.

Despite efforts to save him, the inmate was pronounced dead at Southern State at 10:10 a.m.

Following standard procedure, the Department of Corrections notified the Vermont State Police of the death, and a detective responded to Southern State to perform a death investigation.

Preliminary information obtained by VSP indicates the inmate had recently experienced health problems and told staff Monday morning that he was feeling unwell and had difficulty breathing.

An autopsy will be performed at the Vermont Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Burlington to determine the cause and manner of death.

No additional information is currently available, and the investigation is ongoing.

The Vermont State Police say they will provide updates when possible.

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