Inmate with long illness dies in Parchman prison; 40th Mississippi inmate to die since December
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An inmate died Tuesday in the hospital of the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman, where he had been living since August with a terminal illness.
The state Department of Corrections says 47-year-old Timmy Terrell Harden was serving a 20-year sentence for a 2008 statutory rape conviction in DeSoto County. The Sunflower County coroner says an autopsy will be done.
Harden was at least the 40th inmate to die in a Mississippi prison since late December.
The state prison system came under Justice Department investigation after several inmates were killed or injured during outbursts of violence in late December and early January.