Inmate Found Dead in a Jefferson City Correctional Center

JOPLIN, MO.--- A man serving time for a crime committed in Joplin is killed in a Jefferson City correctional center. Deputies with the Cole County Sheriff's Office found Jose Benitez dead in his cell yesterday afternoon.

They believed he died following an apparent assault by his cellmate. An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death. Authorities have detained a suspect in the case, but are not releasing his name. Benitez was serving a 25 year sentence for statutory sodomy.

Court documents show the crime happened in Joplin, saying Benitez assaulted his step great granddaughter back in 2010. She was only 5 years old at the time.

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