Prisoner dies after found unresponsive at Franklin County detention center

OTTAWA, Kan. – The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office has reported a prisoner died Friday after being found unresponsive in the Franklin County Adult Detention Center. A sheriff’s office press release said that about 9:45 p.m. June 17, 2016, staff of the Franklin County Adult Detention Center discovered Benjamin F. Mastel, 35, of Ottawa, unresponsive in a one-person cell during a security check.

Staff initiated emergency first aid through the use of CPR and an automated external defibrillator, followed by Franklin County EMS responding to the jail and beginning treatment. Mastel was transported by ambulance to Ransom Memorial Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

The sheriff’s office reported the Kansas Bureau of Investigation has been contacted to investigate the incident, as directed by state statute. The sheriff’s office is following all established protocols and is cooperating fully with the KBI investigation, Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Richards said in a press release.

The press release said Mastel had been in custody since April 19, but didn’t list charges against him. According to a daily report from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, on June 12, Mastel and another prisoner, Philip John Guyle, 22, Ottawa, were involved in a physical altercation while housed at the detention center. Mastel was charged with aggravated battery following that incident.

Richards said no additional information will be released at this time, and all questions or inquiries should be directed to the KBI.

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