Man with local ties dies in prison

A man with local ties becomes the sixth inmate to die in Mississippi Department of Corrections custody.

Posted: Aug. 14, 2018 7:40 PM
Updated: Aug. 15, 2018 8:57 AM

PEARL, Miss.  (WTVA) -- A man with local ties becomes the sixth inmate to die in Mississippi Department of Corrections custody. 

Ricky Martin, 58, was an inmate at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility near Jackson. 

The Clarion-Ledger reports he was sentenced in Lowndes County to 60 years in prison for selling cocaine. 

Martin died Saturday after complaining to fellow inmates that he could not breathe. 

Three inmates spoke with the newspaper by phone who said they were with Martin as he was dying. 

They say around 2:30 a.m, Martin walked out to the table where several men were gathered having a hard time breathing. 

 The paper reports that Martin was at the guard tower fifteen minutes later asking if he could "get some help down here." 

The inmates say he was told to get away from the tower.

Martin died at a Rankin County hospital at 6:03 a.m. Saturday. 

MDOC spokesperson Chris Baker confirmed Martin's death to The Clarion-Ledger but did not have information regarding the inmates' allegations. 

Martin is the sixth person to die in MDOC custody since August.  He's the second to die at CMCF this month. 

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