Inmate dies in hospital at Mississippi’s Parchman prison
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An autopsy will be done on an inmate who died Saturday in the hospital at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman.
Richard Rimmer, 51, had been in prison since July on a 10-year sentence for a felony DUI conviction in DeSoto County.
Sunflower County Coroner Heather Burton said Rimmer had been terminally ill, according to a news release from the state Department of Corrections.
Rimmer’s death happened a week after another Parchman inmate died at Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville. Earl Lee Dycus, 66, was serving a life sentence on a capital murder conviction from 1983 in Hinds County. He had also received a 10-year sentence from a 1975 rape conviction in Yazoo County. An autopsy was also being done on Dycus.
Rimmer was at least the 34th 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.