By Associated Press - Monday, July 13, 2020

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi inmate who had been in and out of hospitals since April has died.

The state Department of Corrections said Monday that Owen Nelson, 57, died Sunday at Allegiance Specialty Hospital in Greenville. He was taken there from the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman.

Nelson was serving a life sentence after being convicted of armed robbery in 1994. The department said Nelson and another man robbed $3,000 from a bank teller in 1993 in Marion County.

An autopsy will be done. The department said no foul play is suspected in Nelson’s death.

Nelson was at least the 52nd 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.

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