By Associated Press - Monday, September 21, 2020

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi inmate who had served most of a 25-year sentence has died after being hospitalized since March.

The Mississippi Department of Corrections said in a news release that O D Washington died Saturday in the hospital of the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman. He was 74.

The news release said foul play was not suspected in his death, and no cause was given. Washington was sentenced in September 1998 in Walthall County for residential burglary and grand larceny convictions.

Washington was at least the 76th inmate to die in Mississippi prisons 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 the state’s prison system.

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