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09/30/2019

SCI Benner Township Reports Inmate Death

Bellefonte, PA- State Correctional Institution at Benner Township Superintendent Robert Marsh reports the death of an inmate.

Corrections officers discovered inmate Yessy Rivera, 32, unresponsive in his cell at approximately 9:25 AM on Sunday, September 29. Staff provided immediate emergency assistance until medical personnel arrived. The inmate was transferred to Mount Nittany Medical Center in State College, PA, where he was pronounced dead. 

In accordance with DOC policy, state police were notified and will conduct an investigation.  The official cause of death will be determined by the Centre County Coroner's Office.

Rivera was serving a 20 to 40-year sentence for third-degree murder from Carbon County.  He has been at SCI Benner Township since June 2019.

The inmate's next-of-kin has been notified.

MEDIA CONTACT: Holly Quist (814) 353-3630

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