- Associated Press - Thursday, July 21, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Department of Corrections is investigating the death of an inmate at South Mississippi Correctional Institution in Greene County.

The death of Howard Payton is being investigated as a homicide.

Officials say Payton died around 8:20 p.m. Wednesday. Autopsy results are pending.

The 38-year-old Payton was in prison for kidnapping and three counts of rape in Lamar County. He received a total of 150 years to serve and was sentenced on Jan. 7.

The department, in a news release Thursday, said it would release no further information because of the ongoing investigation.

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