Man Serving Life for Franklin County Murder Found Dead in Cell

Inmate Ryan Lynn Horton, who was serving a life sentence for first-degree murder in Franklin County, has been found dead in his Somerset cell.

According to the superintendent of the State Correctional Institution at Somerset, Horton was found unresponsive on April 11, 2023. Life-saving measures were taken, but he was pronounced dead at 6:16 PM.

Horton had been in SCI Somerset since February 19, 2021. He was convicted of fatally shooting 60-year-old Edward Gilhart in June of 2016. Horton shot Gilhart multiple times, killing him for about $24.

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