2 inmates die after falling ill at Mississippi prisons

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JACKSON, Miss. (WXXV) — An inmate housed at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman died at the Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville early Monday morning.

Darryl J. Swanier, 58, was serving life sentences for two separate capital murder convictions in different counties.

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Swainer was first convicted of capital murder in Harrison County and sentenced June 24, 1982. He was sentenced in the second murder case August 27, 2002, in Marshall County.

No foul play is suspected in Swainer’s death. He had been hospitalized at the prison hospital for several days before being moved to Delta Regional on Saturday.

Just two days before Swainer’s death, an inmate at the South Mississippi Correctional Institution in Greene County died of what is believed to be natural causes.

Rodney Brown, 60, was taken by ambulance to Greene County Hospital after he fell ill in his housing area. He was pronounced dead about an hour later.

There appears to be nothing suspicious about Brown’s death, according to the county coroner. An autopsy will determine the official cause and manner of death.

Brown, had been in prison for almost 12 years. He pleaded guilty March 7, 2008, to causing the deaths of two men and injuring two others July 20, 2006, in Perry County. He received a total of 60 years for two DUI deaths and two mayhems.​

The official cause and manner of both deaths are pending an autopsy.​

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