Police investigating death of Newport prison inmate

An inmate at Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport was found dead inside his cell on Saturday morning. Michael Cornell, 34, of Newport, was found in his cell by Department of Corrections staff just before noon Saturday, according to a report from Vermont State Police Detective Sgt. Drew Cota. Cornell was given emergency care by DOC staff and EMS personnel before being taken by ambulance to North Country Hospital in Newport, where he was pronounced dead shortly after 1 p.m. Sgt. Cota said the preliminary investigation indicates the death was not suspicious. An autopsy will be performed at the Vermont Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Burlington to determine the cause and manner of death. Testing, including toxicology, could take six to eight weeks. The investigation into the details and circumstances surrounding the death is ongoing. Cornell was jailed last winter after being charged with robbing Newport Inn and Suites and Pure PC Repair in Newport City. He was also accused at the time with violating terms of probation given to him after a domestic assault conviction. 

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