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01/02/2019

State Police, Corrections Officials Investigate Inmate Death at SCI Pine Grove

Indiana, PA – State officials are investigating the death of an inmate at the State Correctional Institution (SCI) at Pine Grove.

At approximately 10:00 PM on January 1, 2019, officers at SCI Pine Grove found inmate Luis Santiago 32, unresponsive in his cell. Staff immediately administered CPR, and the inmate was taken to Indiana Regional Medical Center by ambulance at 10:35 PM, where he was pronounced dead at 11:35 PM on January 1. 

The Indiana County Coroner’s Office, Pennsylvania State Police Troop A, Indiana, and the Department of Corrections are conducting investigations.

Luis Santiago was serving a 2½- to 10-year sentence for aggravated assault with serious bodily injury out of Berks County, had been housed at the prison since July 10, 2018.

The inmate’s next of kin on file with the Department of Corrections has been notified.

Santiago’s cellmate is presently being interviewed.

MEDIA CONTACT: Leslie Bradley, PIO, 724-465-9630​

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