Barre inmate found dead at Mississippi correctional facility

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BARRE — The Vermont Department of Corrections announced the death of Sean Osterhout, a 43-year-old incarcerated individual from Barre, at the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility (TCCF) in Mississippi on Thursday, March 9.

Osterhout was found unresponsive in his cell at 2:06 a.m.

TCCF staff immediately initiated life-saving measures and called for emergency medical services (EMS). Despite efforts, including CPR, Osterhout was pronounced dead by EMS at 2:38 a.m.

In accordance with state law and protocol, the Department notified the Defender General’s Prisoners’ Rights Office of the death.

The DOC Corrections Investigative Unit will also conduct a comprehensive administrative review as per departmental policy.

Osterhout had been incarcerated since 2019, serving a 14 to 30-year sentence on two charges of Lewd and Lascivious conduct with a Child.

He was housed at TCCF due to lack of space in Vermont correctional facilities.

The Department of Corrections houses a small number of sentenced individuals at TCCF, where staff are contractually obliged to follow Vermont Department of Corrections policy.

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