VSP: Inmate dies at Springfield prison


CASE#: 23B1001770

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Detective Trooper Jason Lengfellner

STATION: Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations Troop B East – Westminster

CONTACT#: 802-722-4600

DATE/TIME: 1:08 a.m. Tuesday, March 14, 2023

INCIDENT LOCATION: Southern State Correctional Facility, Springfield, Vermont

INCIDENT TYPE: Death investigation

VICTIM: Alexander Kelley

AGE: 34


The Vermont State Police is investigating the death of a man who had been jailed at Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield. Alexander Kelley, 34, of Putney was found unresponsive in his cell by prison staff during a routine check at 1:08 a.m. Tuesday, March 14, 2023. Prison staff provided emergency medical care and called first responders to the prison. Lifesaving efforts were unsuccessful, and Kelley was pronounced dead at 1:42 a.m.

Following standard procedure, the Department of Corrections notified the Vermont State Police of Kelley’s death, and a detective responded to Southern State to perform a death investigation. An autopsy will be performed at the Vermont Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Burlington to determine the cause and manner of death. Preliminary information obtained by VSP indicates Kelley’s health was being monitored by prison staff, and he was alone in a cell.

Kelley had been in custody since March 1, 2023, as a fugitive from justice and was being held in a post-intake area of the prison separate from the general population, per standard protocol for new inmates.

No additional information is currently available. The investigation is ongoing, and the Vermont State Police will provide updates when possible. Further questions should be directed to the Department of Corrections.

The Vermont Department of Corrections (DOC) issued a statement Tuesday saying it is conducting internal administrative and medical reviews following the death of the incarcerated individual.