Inmate, 57, dies in Mississippi prison

Mississippi corrections officials say an inmate serving a 30-year sentence for armed robbery has been pronounced dead at a prison hospital.

Posted: May 31, 2018 9:11 AM

LEAKESVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi corrections officials say an inmate serving a 30-year sentence for armed robbery has been pronounced dead at a prison hospital.

A state Department of Corrections news release says 57-year-old Eddie Shorty was found unconscious in his cell at the South Mississippi Correctional Institution in Leakesville and was pronounced dead around 4:10 a.m. Wednesday.

News outlets report that Shorty shared a cell with another inmate and was sentenced in DeSoto County in 1999.

The cause and the manner of his death are pending an autopsy.

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