Alleged killer attempts escape from St. Johnsbury prison

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WATERBURY — The Vermont Department of Corrections announced an unsuccessful escape attempt at the Northeast Correctional Complex (NECC) in St. Johnsbury.

The incident occurred on Tuesday when security staff at the facility became aware of an incarcerated individual’s attempt to escape the secure section of the facility.

The individual was identified as Seth Brunell, a detainee at NECC.

However, Brunell did not leave the secure section of the facility and did not pose a danger to the public during the event.

According to the Vermont State Police, they were notified per Department protocol.

In addition, all correctional facilities conducted an emergency headcount, and all incarcerated individuals were accounted for statewide on Tuesday.

The Department initiated a formal After-Action Review to analyze the incident, as is standard practice in all critical incidents within correctional facilities.

VSP will conduct a separate, independent investigation into the matter.

Seth Brunell, 44, is held without bail at NECC on a charge of 2nd Degree Murder stemming from Lamoille County.

Brunell allegedly stabbed and killed a transgender woman in Morristown.

Brunell was lodged in April 2022.

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