- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 24, 2016

BISHOPVILLE, S.C. (AP) - The family of an inmate who died of an untreated kidney infection last year at Bishopville’s Lee Correctional Institution is suing state prison officials.

The Greenville News reports (https://grnol.co/2bMWh4j) that Victor Rogers’ family filed a federal lawsuit Monday against the South Carolina Department of Corrections saying at least 12 people connected with the prison knew Rogers was in extreme pain but didn’t provide or request medical care for him before his March 17, 2015, death.

The lawsuit says Rogers was too weak to walk for at least seven days before being found dead in his cell.

An autopsy revealed he died from sepsis, resulting from the infection.

There are 17 defendants, including agency director Bryan Stirling and the warden of Lee Correctional Institution. Corrections Department spokeswoman Stephanie Givens said the agency does not comment on pending lawsuits.

Rogers was sentenced in 2013 to seven years in prison on a second-degree burglary conviction. In the lawsuit, Rogers was described as a “healthy, but profoundly mentally ill young man” when he entered the prison system.


Information from: The Greenville News, https://www.greenvillenews.com

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