JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Authorities have identified one of two inmates who died recently at a Mississippi prison that's under U.S. Justice Department investigation.
One of the deaths occurred Thursday and the other Friday at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman.
The state Department of Corrections said 61-year-old Timothy R. Sharpe, who was serving 20 years for sexual battery and child molestation, died Friday at Parchman's prison hospital.
A coroner said Friday that there was “no evidence of foul play” in either death.
Officials didn't identify the other inmate pending notification of relatives.
At least 21 inmates have died in Mississippi prisons since late December, some during outbursts of violence.