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.