Inmate dies in hospital of Mississippi's Parchman prison

An inmate serving 15 years for multiple convictions has died in the hospital of the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman.

Posted: Apr 24, 2020 11:27 AM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An inmate serving 15 years for multiple convictions died Thursday in the hospital of the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman.

The Department of Corrections said in a news release that an autopsy will be done on Linnon McClendon, 72. It said there were no signs of trauma, and it cited Sunflower County Coroner Heather Burton as saying McClendon's medical condition was probably declining because of his age.

McClendon was sentenced in Aug. 12, 2014, for convictions on nonresidential burglary, three counts of aggravated assault on a police officer and fleeing law enforcement. The department said all the crimes were committed on Sept. 7, 2013, in Yazoo County.

McClendon was at least the 35th inmate to die in a Mississippi prison since late December. The state prison system is under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department after several inmates were killed or injured during outbursts of violence in late December and early January.

Cases of the new coronavirus have been confirmed in Mississippi prisons, but Department of Corrections spokeswoman Grace Simmons Fisher told The Associated Press this week that the department will not release the names of inmates who die from it.

Gov. Tate Reeves said Wednesday that four inmates in the Mississippi prison system had tested positive for the coronavirus as of Tuesday, and 19 inmates have tested negative. He said a test for one inmate was still pending. The Department of Corrections previously said that one inmate who tested positive for the virus had died.

Four staff members for the Department of Corrections have tested positive for the virus, and at least one of those people has returned to work, Reeves said. He said 25 corrections staff members have tested negative, and test results for six others are still pending.

The Mississippi prison system has about 20,500 inmates in custody.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 34622

Reported Deaths: 1215
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hinds269748
DeSoto181818
Madison138236
Jones117349
Harrison104014
Rankin103515
Neshoba102274
Lauderdale94281
Forrest93943
Scott79215
Jackson72717
Washington64310
Copiah63115
Leake61320
Lee58621
Holmes57341
Oktibbeha56828
Wayne55416
Warren55320
Yazoo5436
Grenada5357
Lowndes52613
Leflore52256
Lincoln50935
Lamar5027
Pike47020
Sunflower4528
Lafayette4374
Monroe43635
Covington4195
Panola3996
Bolivar38018
Attala37524
Simpson3733
Newton35710
Adams34019
Pontotoc3266
Tate32313
Marion31312
Claiborne29310
Chickasaw29219
Winston28711
Pearl River27632
Noxubee2758
Marshall2693
Jasper2676
Clay25511
Union23811
Smith23412
Walthall2267
Coahoma2156
Clarke21425
Lawrence1992
Yalobusha1938
Kemper18014
Carroll17311
Tallahatchie1664
Humphreys15910
Montgomery1493
Calhoun1475
Tippah14411
Itawamba1418
Hancock13813
Webster12811
Tunica1193
Jefferson1173
Jefferson Davis1164
Prentiss1123
Greene10810
Amite1063
George1023
Wilkinson959
Tishomingo921
Quitman891
Alcorn852
Perry764
Choctaw754
Stone732
Franklin492
Benton420
Sharkey420
Issaquena101
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 49892

Reported Deaths: 1077
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson6030162
Mobile4418137
Montgomery4339109
Tuscaloosa254448
Madison19078
Marshall186611
Shelby150924
Lee149437
Morgan12205
Baldwin111410
Walker105127
Elmore98919
Dallas9639
Franklin92216
Etowah88214
DeKalb8416
Chambers65727
Russell6570
Autauga65313
Butler64328
Tallapoosa61669
Unassigned58626
Limestone5741
Houston5526
Cullman5395
Lauderdale5376
Lowndes48022
St. Clair4692
Colbert4656
Pike4595
Escambia4528
Calhoun4365
Coffee4074
Covington39911
Jackson3742
Bullock37010
Barbour3672
Dale3621
Talladega3497
Hale33722
Marengo33011
Wilcox2968
Clarke2946
Winston2893
Chilton2872
Sumter28512
Blount2731
Pickens2556
Monroe2492
Marion24514
Randolph2449
Conecuh2277
Perry2091
Bibb2081
Macon2069
Choctaw20212
Greene1928
Henry1433
Crenshaw1273
Washington1277
Lawrence1170
Cherokee1127
Geneva920
Lamar811
Fayette781
Clay742
Coosa621
Cleburne411
Out of AL00
Tupelo
Clear
73° wxIcon
Hi: 96° Lo: 74°
Feels Like: 73°
Columbus
Clear
74° wxIcon
Hi: 95° Lo: 72°
Feels Like: 74°
Oxford
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 93° Lo: 74°
Feels Like: 70°
Starkville
Overcast
70° wxIcon
Hi: 93° Lo: 71°
Feels Like: 70°
WTVA Radar
WTVA Temperatures
WTVA Severe Weather