York County convicted murderer found dead in state prison cell

27 November 2023- Kevin Ransom, superintendent of the State Correctional Institution at Dallas, reported that inmate William Stankewicz, 78, was found unresponsive in his cell on November 27, 2023. He was pronounced deceased at 7:41 am.

Stankewicz was serving a 132- to 264-year sentence for a criminal homicide conviction from York County. He had been housed at SCI Dallas since May 2012.

In accordance with state policy, Pennsylvania State Police were notified and will conduct an investigation. The official cause of death will be determined by the Luzerne County Coroner’s Office.

The deceased’s next-of-kin has been notified.