An inmate at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution in Freehold has been charged with the death of a fellow inmate that occurred on Sunday morning, according to Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey.

MCCI officers found 49-year-old Daniel Ferrara of Ocean Grove unresponsive in the kitchen area around 5:20 am on Sunday morning.

The medical staff at the MCCI initiated life-saving efforts to try and revive Ferrara, but he passed away from his injuries and was pronounced dead at 6:03 am.

The investigation into Ferrara's death by Monmouth County Correctional Institution investigators and the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office found out that 29-year-old Evan Raczkiewicz of Bradley Beach had "struck Ferrara multiple times prior to his death."

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Raczkiewicz was then charged with first-degree Aggravated Manslaughter in the death of Ferrara.

The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office continues to investigate the fight and death of Ferrara.

In a statement on Facebook, the Monmouth County Sheriff's Office which oversees the MCCI, said: "The Monmouth County Correctional Institution in coordination with the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office is conducting a full investigation into the circumstances that took place which resulted in the death of inmate Daniel Ferrara, who was attacked by another inmate. All safety protocols were followed at the time of the incident by the staff at MCCI, and, thoughts are with the family of inmate Ferrara."

If you have information that can help investigators, you're urged to contact Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Jason Gold at 732-431-7160 x4025.

If convicted, Raczkiewicz faces up to 30 years in state prison subject to the No Early Release Act.

The case is being prosecuted by Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutors Caitlin Sidley and Joseph Cummings.

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