Mississippi prison officials announce 3 more prisoner deaths

Officials announced three more deaths of prison inmates on Tuesday, bringing to 10 the number of prisoners who have died so far in August.

Posted: Aug 22, 2018 9:48 AM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Officials announced three more deaths of prison inmates on Tuesday, bringing to 10 the number of prisoners who have died so far in August.

Corrections Commissioner Pelicia Hall said in a statement that the department believes "most" of the deaths came from natural causes. She said prison officials are investigating but await information from autopsies about how inmates died. Spokeswoman Grace Fisher said she couldn't give a number for how many inmates officials believe died from natural causes, and couldn't say whether any preliminary autopsy results have yet been received.

Hall said the Department of Corrections "takes very seriously all deaths in its custody and investigates all of them to determine whether foul play is involved. The department recognizes and appreciates that the safety, security, and overall well-being of all individuals entrusted to its care are paramount to the agency's mission."

Management & Training Corp. said Nija Syvallus Bonhomme, 24, died Monday at Wilkinson County Correctional Facility after a fight. Spokesman Issa Arnita said Bonhomme was found on the floor after the fight with another inmate in his cell. Arnita said medical personnel responded "immediately" after Bonhomme was found to the floor, but were unable to revive him. Bonhomme was sentenced to 20 years in prison by a Pearl River County judge for armed robbery and residential burglary.

Fisher said 63-year-old inmate James Myrick died Sunday at the hospital at Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman. He was sentenced to two years in prison by a Yalobusha County judge in 2016 for fondling.

Fisher also said a 10th inmate has died, but said she couldn't name the inmate because death notifications haven't been completed. The Clarion Ledger reports John Luttrell, 67, was pronounced dead at Merit Health Rankin hospital in Brandon shortly after 10 p.m. Monday, according to Rankin County Coroner David Ruth.

Luttrell was taken to the hospital from Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Pearl on Monday night, Ruth said. An autopsy will determine the manner and cause of death.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 314710

Reported Deaths: 7254
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto21646260
Hinds20369416
Harrison17949309
Rankin13643278
Jackson13450246
Madison10113217
Lee9986174
Jones8384163
Forrest7689152
Lauderdale7198240
Lowndes6403148
Lamar623686
Lafayette6203119
Washington5341134
Bolivar4802132
Oktibbeha462998
Panola4596107
Pearl River4519146
Marshall4450103
Warren4393121
Pontotoc420872
Monroe4115133
Union411176
Neshoba4031176
Lincoln3969110
Hancock379586
Leflore3498125
Sunflower336290
Tate334784
Pike3327105
Scott316274
Alcorn313368
Yazoo311770
Itawamba300577
Copiah297465
Coahoma295579
Simpson295388
Tippah288768
Adams286982
Prentiss280060
Marion269380
Leake268473
Wayne262841
Grenada261587
Covington259881
George248148
Newton246862
Winston227581
Tishomingo227067
Jasper221148
Attala214473
Chickasaw208057
Holmes189174
Clay185554
Stone182833
Tallahatchie178941
Clarke178080
Calhoun170932
Yalobusha164638
Smith162534
Walthall134245
Greene130633
Lawrence128724
Montgomery127142
Noxubee126734
Perry126338
Amite123142
Carroll121829
Webster114532
Jefferson Davis107133
Tunica105726
Claiborne102430
Benton100025
Humphreys96733
Kemper95828
Franklin83923
Quitman81116
Choctaw76418
Wilkinson67531
Jefferson65728
Sharkey50217
Issaquena1686
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 537813

Reported Deaths: 11024
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson791691529
Mobile41177808
Madison35002507
Tuscaloosa25871454
Shelby25076249
Montgomery24549591
Baldwin21290309
Lee15946171
Calhoun14556319
Morgan14364280
Etowah13890353
Marshall12262223
Houston10602282
Elmore10115206
Limestone10031151
St. Clair9890245
Cullman9730194
Lauderdale9449243
DeKalb8853188
Talladega8325176
Walker7259277
Autauga6971108
Jackson6830112
Blount6750139
Colbert6317134
Coffee5546119
Dale4869113
Russell444338
Chilton4343113
Franklin426282
Covington4138118
Tallapoosa4040152
Escambia394577
Chambers3581123
Dallas3564153
Clarke351361
Marion3137101
Pike311977
Lawrence302298
Winston275673
Bibb263064
Geneva252577
Marengo249664
Pickens234862
Barbour231956
Hale223677
Butler217869
Fayette212462
Henry189644
Cherokee184345
Randolph182042
Monroe178140
Washington167639
Macon160750
Clay156957
Crenshaw153357
Cleburne149241
Lamar143035
Lowndes139653
Wilcox127430
Bullock123041
Conecuh110629
Coosa108928
Perry107826
Sumter104932
Greene92634
Choctaw61024
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