Mississippi inmate dies after days in hospital; autopsy set

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An autopsy will be done on a Mississippi inmate who died after being hospitalized several days.

The Mississippi Department of Corrections said in a news release Monday that 42-year-old Brandon Flowers was pronounced dead Sunday at Allegiance Specialty Hospital of Greenville.

Flowers was at least the 55th Mississippi inmate to die since late December. Several inmates died during outbursts of violence in late December and early January.

The U.S. Justice Department announced in February that it is investigating Mississippi’s prison system.

Flowers was serving 18 years at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility. He pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in Grenada County in 2018 and was sentenced to 20 years, with two years of probation.

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