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Accused domestic assailant dies in prison, tox scan ordered

The man who died Sunday morning while being booked into Northwest State Correctional Facility in Swanton has been identified as Jeffrey Nichols, 35, of Sheldon. He was arrested by the Vermont State Police late Friday night in Sheldon on a charge of second degree aggravated domestic assault committed in the presence of a child.

Police say Nichols became unresponsive in the booking area at the facility at about 6:32 a.m. Sunday, September 10. Corrections staff provided emergency medical care and called first responders to the prison. Lifesaving efforts were unsuccessful, and the inmate was pronounced dead at Northwest State at 6:49 a.m..

State police say an autopsy is taking place today at the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Burlington to determine the cause and manner of death. This will include toxicology testing, which can take several weeks to several months.

This investigation is active and ongoing. On Friday night, state police responded to a report of an active, physical family fight at Nichols’ home on Duffy Hill Road. Troopers on the scene determined that Nichols caused bodily injury to a household member in the presence of a child. He was arrested for Second Degree Aggravated Domestic Assault and Offense Committed within the Presence of a Child.

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  1. Hopefully the autopsy results will be made public and there will be a follow up article. There have been an increasing number of sudden unexplained deaths in the general population; so much so that life expectancy in the U.S. is in decline. We know many are from substance abuse, but are they all?