2 inmates from central Mississippi prison die; autopsies set

Mississippi

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — One inmate has died at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility and another from that prison died in a Jackson hospital.

The state Department of Corrections says 61-year-old Frank Mackabee was pronounced dead Tuesday at Merit Health Central, where he had been since Sept. 29.

And, 55-year-old Darrell Weathersby was found unresponsive Tuesday at the prison. Autopsies will be done.

Mackabee was serving a life sentence for a 1991 murder conviction in Covington County, and he had other previous convictions.

Weathersby was convicted of felony DUI in Carroll County.

He received a five-year sentence in April. At least 87 inmates have died in Mississippi prisons since late December.

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