Parchman inmate who died had Lee County convictions

Updated - One of the two inmates who died Tuesday at the Mississippi State Penitentiary was serving time for assault and gun convictions in Lee County.

Posted: Jan 21, 2020 9:54 AM
Updated: Jan 22, 2020 3:46 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) — One of the two inmates who died Monday at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman was serving time for assault and gun convictions in Lee County.

A judge sentenced James Talley, 36, to 11 years in prison for two counts of aggravated assault and one count of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. That conviction came in October 2017.

A mugshot from the Mississippi Department of Corrections of inmate James Talley on January 21, 2020.

Timothy Hudspeth | Source: MDOC

Statement from Sunflower County Coroner Heather Burton

The Mississippi Department of Corrections said Talley and Timothy Hudspeth, 30, suffered fatal injuries during a fight in Unit 30 Monday night. 

Hudspeth was serving 10 years for possession of a firearm by a felon. A judge sentenced him in April 2018 in Tate County.

Sunflower County Coroner Heather Burton described their injuries as blunt-force beating injuries. The state will conduct autopsies.

“At this moment, it appears to be an isolated incident—not a continuation of the recent retaliatory killings,” MDOC shared to social media Tuesday morning.

Excluding Monday's deaths, five inmates died at Parchman since the beginning of the new year.

State corrections officials said two deaths were gang-related, the third was the result of a fight among cellmates and the fourth was the result of natural causes. The fifth death happened during the weekend; officers found Gabriel Carmen hanging Saturday.

"We have been working around the clock with MDOC and DPS (Department of Public Safety) to respond immediately and prevent this going forward. There is much more to be done here. We have asked them to provide as much information to the public as possible as quickly as possible. Transparency is the first step," Gov. Tate Reeves stated Tuesday morning.

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