The South Central Correctional Center in Licking reports the death of an offender early this morning. At 2:18 a.m., offender Orlan Helt was pronounced dead at Mercy Hospital in Springfield.
Helt was a 62-year-old male serving a 25-year sentence for second-degree robbery from Franklin County, three 15-year sentences for possession of a controlled substance, and 2 counts of possession of a chemical with intent to distribute, and a 7-year sentence for unlawful use of drug paraphernalia– all from Washington County. Helt was received in the Missouri Department of Corrections on June 5th, 2006. An autopsy will be conducted.