Kevin Ransom, superintendent of the State Correctional Institution at Dallas (Luzerne County), reported that inmate Matthew Boyer, 37, was found unresponsive in his cell at 6:52 p.m. on January 13, 2023.
In a press release, Ransom said Prison staff immediately responded and provided life-saving measures. Boyer was pronounced deceased at 7:36 p.m.
Boyer was sentenced in March of 2021 to 30-60 years in prison after pleading guilty to 3rd Degree Murder, Burglary and Firearms Not to be Carried without a License. In December 2017, Boyer shot and killed Stephen Kriebel at his home in Colebrookdale Township.
The case was investigated by PA State Police Trooper lan Marquardt and was prosecuted by ADA Daniel Troy.
He had been housed at Dallas since August 18, 2021.
In accordance with state policy, Pennsylvania State Police were notified and are conducting an investigation. The official cause of death will be determined by the Luzerne County Coroners Office.
The deceased’s next-of-kin has been notified.