Huntingdon, PA– Superintendent Chad Wakefield of the State Correctional Institution at Smithfield reports a death of an inmate.

On Thursday, December 8, 2022, Shannon Dukes, 34, was found unresponsive in his cell.  Staff responded immediately and life saving measures were administered. An ambulance was dispatched to the facility; however, staff were unable to revive the inmate, and he was pronounced dead by the facility medical doctor.

In accordance with state policy, the Pennsylvania State Police were notified and will conduct an investigation. The official cause of death will be determined by the county coroner's office.

Dukes was serving a 14-to-28-year sentence for robbery on a Philadelphia County conviction.  He arrived at SCI Smithfield in 2015.

The deceased's next-of-kin has been notified.

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