JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) — Two state inmates died over the weekend — one at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman, one at the private prison in Marshall County.
The Mississippi Department of Corrections said someone found Joshua Norman, 26, hanging in his one-man cell in Unit 29 Sunday morning.
Joshua Norman mugshot from the Mississippi Department of Corrections
A judge sentenced him last year to five years in prison for an armed robbery in Oktibbeha County.
Sunflower County Coroner Heather Burton does not suspect foul play, but the state will perform an autopsy.
The other inmate died at the Marshall County Correctional Facility, which is a state prison run by a private company.
Marshall County Coroner James Anderson told WMC-TV in Memphis the inmate's body was "cold to the touch" Saturday night.
The private company, Management & Training Corporation (MTC), identified the inmate as Jermaine Tyler. He was found unresponsive in his housing unit at approximately 8:15 p.m. There were no initial signs of foul play, according to MTC.
Tyler, 38, was serving three sentences, all convictions in Rankin County – capital murder, conspiracy to commit a crime, and possession of a firearm by a felon.
The state will perform an autopsy on that inmate as well.
Including these deaths, 12 state inmates died since December 29.