- File photo: Tom McNeill
- Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield
Matthew Castellini, 35, appears to have died by suicide, pending further investigation, the department said.
Correctional officers found Castellini unresponsive just after 6 a.m. and tried to resuscitate him, according to the Vermont State Police. The agency said it was notified of the situation at 6:39 a.m. Castellini was pronounced dead at the prison.
A press release from the Department of Corrections said Castellini, of White River Junction, was lodged in December on a charge of violating the terms of probation. He was said to be facing other pending charges as well.
Department spokesperson Rachel Feldman said Castellini was housed in a single-person cell at the time of his death. He was neither in COVID-19 isolation nor segregation, Feldman said.
Prisoner deaths are subject to police investigation as well as internal reviews by Corrections and an independent probe by the state public defender's office.
Several people have died in Vermont prisons this year. Earlier this month, 29-year-old Dustin Dunkling died by apparent suicide in a COVID-19 quarantine cell at Northeast Correctional Complex in St. Johnsbury. Michael Cornell, 34, died of an accidental overdose in a quarantine cell at Northern State Correctional Facility on January 1.
Raymond Gadreault, 73, died inside the Springfield prison in February. He died of natural causes, according to his death certificate.