Inmate Death Unrelated to Prison Riot

Officials say the death of a Crossroads inmate, Bennie Young, on May 12 happened before the prison riot, and was unrelated to the inmate's death.

Posted: May. 22, 2018 7:18 PM
Updated: May. 23, 2018 11:20 AM

(CAMERON, Mo.) A 49-year-old inmate died Saturday, May 12, at the Crossroads Correctional Center in Cameron.

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On May 12, inmates at the prison staged an uprising but the two events are unrelated, according to Department of Corrections spokesperson, Karen Pojmann.

State officials said 49-year-old Bennie Young died at 5:45 p.m., Saturday evening. Young was serving a 25-year sentence for first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle, possession of a controlled substance, and first degree robbery. Each offense occurring in a different county.

Prison officials said Young died of "natural causes."

In an email to KQ2, Pojmann said the death occurred hours before the inmate incident.

The DOC press release from Monday, May 12, said the inmate uprising started around 8:10 p.m. at the end of the evening meal.

This story has been updated with the newest information.

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