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Officials: Inmate found dead in state prison after being strangled in cell

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Authorities have reported that Luigi Cappellino, a 26-year-old inmate, was found dead in his cell at the Gouverneur Correctional Facility in Upstate New York.


According to the New York State Police, Cappellino was discovered unresponsive on Monday evening and was later pronounced dead at Gouverneur Hospital.

An autopsy revealed that he had been strangled with a ligature, leading investigators to classify his death as a homicide.

Prior to the incident, Cappellino had engaged in a fight with his cellmate, Wilfredo Noe, a 48-year-old inmate serving a sentence for a 2017 first-degree assault conviction. The investigation into the incident is ongoing, and no charges have been announced at this time.


Multiple agencies, including the Office of the New York State Attorney General, the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision’s Office of Special Investigations, and the St. Lawrence County District Attorney’s Office, are assisting in the case. Noe remains in Gouverneur as the investigation continues.

This is a developing story, which will be updated as new information becomes available.