Inmate found dead at Vaughn prison in Smyrna


The Delaware Department of Correction and the Delaware Division of Forensic Science are investigating the death of an inmate at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna.

On Sunday, 71-year-old Theodore Benson, of Millsboro, was found unresponsive lying on the floor of his cell. Life-saving measures were taken by medical staff until EMS arrived, who later pronounced Benson dead.

Benson was serving an 8 year sentence for Assault in a Detention Facility.

His body was turned over to the Division of Forensic Science to conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

The preliminary investigation by DOC official indicates no signs of foul play.

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