Bellefonte, PA – Morris Houser, Superintendent of the State Correctional Institution at Benner Township reported today that inmate Marquis T. Middleton, 33, was found unresponsive in his cell on December 10, 2021. Prison staff immediately responded and provided life-saving measures until facility medical personnel arrived. EMS arrived and advanced life support measures were continued as he was transferred to Mount Nittany Medical Center, where he passed away at 7:37 p.m. on December 13, 2021.
Middleton was serving a 10- to 20-year sentence for firearms possession out of Lebanon County. He had been at Benner Township since September 14, 2021.
In accordance with state policy, Pennsylvania State Police were notified and will conduct an investigation. The official cause of death will be determined by the Centre County Coroner's Office.
The deceased's next-of-kin has been notified.
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