An inmate at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna died Monday night.

Charles N. Beebe, 71, of Lewes, died in the prison at 7:34 p.m. following an illness.

Beebe was serving a sentence of Life plus two years and six months for second degree unlawful imprisonment, offensive touching, and violation of parole (on charges of kidnapping and assault with intent to rape). He sentence effective date was Oct. 29, 1987.

Beebe's body has been turned over to the State Medical Examiner's Office, as is standard procedure.

Foul play is not expected.