Waterbury, VT – On the morning of February 22, 2022, Raymond Gadreault, 73, of Melborne, Fla., died at Southern State Correctional Facility (SSCF) in Springfield. SSCF staff found Mr. Gadreault in his cell experiencing a medical issue; staff called for medical staff and rescue services as Mr. Gadreault became unresponsive. Staff and EMS responded to the scene and began resuscitative efforts. EMS contacted the Emergency Department and they officially called the time of death. The official cause of death will be determined by the Vermont State Medical Examiner, but at this time it is not considered suspicious or related to the ongoing COVID-19 cases within SSCF.
The Vermont Department of Corrections (Vermont DOC) will conduct an internal review, to include an administrative and medical review, of Mr. Gadreault’s death. The Vermont State Police and the Prisoners’ Rights Office were notified per state law and protocol. Both entities will conduct separate investigations into the death, in conjunction with the Vermont DOC administrative and medical reviews.
Mr. Gadreault was lodged with Vermont DOC at Northwest State Correctional Facility in St. Albans on August 26, 2021, after absconding from home detention and being apprehended in Virginia. He was transferred to SSCF on January 20, 2022.
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