• Lynda Cohen

State investigating death at Atlantic County jail

Updated: Feb 5



The Attorney General’s Office is investigating the death of an Atlantic County jail inmate, a spokeswoman has confirmed. The inmate died at a local hospital, Linda Gilmore told BreakingAC. She did not identify the inmate. Gilmore said no further information is being released at this time. But BreakingAC has confirmed it was Mario Terruso Jr., 41, of Mays Landing. A status posted on the Facebook account of a man currently listed in custody at the Atlantic County Justice Facility said that Terruso died in admissions, begging for water and to be taken to the hospital. No one responded to messages to that account nor others that shared it. A family member told BreakingAC that they were not ready to comment.

UPDATE:

Atlantic County jail inmate was laughed at and tied up before dying, friend says


An Atlantic County jail inmate pleading for help was instead belittled, tied up and punched before he wound up dead, a witness told BreakingAC. Mario Terruso Jr., 41, was pronounced dead at 1 a.m. Monday at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s Mainland Campus in Galloway Township, officials said. But his issues started more than two hours earlier inside a holding cell in the Atlantic County Justice Facility’s admissions, said Alan Wright, who was released from the jail late Tuesday night. The whole thing was captured on cameras, Wright said. Read more...

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