Somerset, PA – Eric Tice, superintendent of the State Correctional Institution at Somerset, reported that inmate Ryan Lynn Horton, 34, was found unresponsive in his cell on April 11, 2023. Prison staff and medical personnel immediately responded and provided life-saving measures.  EMS arrived and advanced life support measures were continued. He was declared deceased at 6:16 PM.

Horton was serving a life sentence for first-degree murder from Franklin County. He had been at SCI Somerset since February 19, 2021.

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 Somerset County Coroner's Office.

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

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