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Mississippi has at least 15th inmate death in recent weeks

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The latest death happened Saturday at Wilkinson County Correctional Facility.

Posted: Feb 3, 2020 10:05 AM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Another prison inmate has died in Mississippi.

This brings the total to at least 15 deaths in the state prison system since late December.

The latest death happened Saturday at Wilkinson County Correctional Facility. The prison is run by a private company, Management & Training Corporation.

A company spokesman says 39-year-old Jesus Garcia was found unresponsive in his cell and medical staff tried to revive him. The death is being investigated.

The spokesman says there were “no obvious signs of assault.”

Garcia was serving a 20-year sentence on a capital rape conviction from northern Mississippi's DeSoto County. He was sentenced in 2006.

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