18th Mississippi Inmate Dies Since Late December

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David Lee May, one of two inmates who escaped from the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman last month and was captured two days later, was found unresponsive in his cell at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility, reports the Mississippi Clarion Ledger. May and Dillion Williams escaped Jan. 3 during a statewide prison lockdown marked by deadly violence. May and Williams were found in Rossville, Tn. The corrections department said that May, 42, was found early Sunday while an officer was serving breakfast.

Rankin County Coroner David Ruth said, “I don’t suspect foul play.” May was serving life for two aggravated assaults. He was the second state inmate to die in 24 hours. May’s death marks the 18th since Dec. 29, when an inmate was killed during a “major disturbance” at the South Mississippi Correctional Institution at Leakesville. That inmate’s death was followed by a week of riots in which at least four inmates were killed. Since then, other inmates have died from suicide, fights with other inmates or natural causes. On Saturday, inmate Bobby Vance, 54, died of apparent natural causes.

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