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Vermont DOC Reports Death of Incarcerated Individual in Mississippi

Waterbury, VT – The Vermont Department of Corrections today announced the death of Alfred Brochu, an incarcerated individual at Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility (TCCF).

Alfred Brochu, 71, of Newport, Vermont, was found unresponsive in his cell at 12:14pm (CST) on Sunday, February 25. TCCF medical staff immediately began life-saving measures and called for emergency medical services. Mr. Brochu regained consciousness and was taken by ambulance to Northwest Delta Regional Medical Center (NDRMC) in Clarksdale, Mississippi, where he was listed in critical condition. Mr. Brochu passed away at NDRMC at 12:32am (CST).

Mr. Brochu’s death does not appear suspicious at this time. In accordance with state law and established protocols, the Department notified the Defender General’s Prisoners’ Rights Office of the death. The Department also initiated its critical incident response protocol, which will include an administrative review, internal investigation, and independent medical review. 

Mr. Brochu was incarcerated in 2003 and serving a Life Without Parole sentence on charges of Aggravated Murder. He was transferred out of state in 2011. The Department houses a small number of incarcerated individuals at TCCF due to lack of space in Vermont correctional facilities. TCCF staff are contractually obliged to follow Vermont Department of Corrections policy.