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U.S. Prison Officer Charged With Denying Care To Inmate Who Died

After an inmate at the federal prison in Petersburg, Va., died when he did not receive needed medical care, a grand jury charged a prison officer with violating the inmate’s civil rights. The charges say that officer Yolanda Blackwell ignored the inmate’s serious medical needs, resulting in his death, NBC 12 reports. The indictment alleged that on Jan. 21, 2021, Blackwell willfully did not give the inmate necessary medical care, even though she knew he had serious medical needs.


The inmate, a 47-year-old man who identified as W.W., died that day. Two other BOP officials, Lt. Shronda Covington and registered nurse Tonya Farley, were previously charged with civil rights violations and other charges concerning the inmate’s death. Another BOP official, Lt. Michael Anderson, previously pleaded guilty to his role in the inmate’s death.

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