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Two More Inmates Die at Licking, MO Prison; Nine Inmates Dead this Year

A disturbing trend at the South Central Correctional Facility in Licking is ongoing, as two more inmates have been pronounced dead.

Officials at the prison say the two inmates, 33-year-old Benjamin Powell and 43-year-old Chris Guest, died last week.

Powell was pronounced dead on Thursday, October 26, and Guest on Saturday, October 28.

Autopsies for both men have been scheduled to determine a possible cause of death.

Prior to last week, there had been seven deaths at the jail this year, bringing the total for 2023 up to nine.