MDOC investigating inmate death at Leakesville prison

MDOC investigating inmate death at Leakesville prison
Eddie Shorty (Photo source: MDOC)

LEAKESVILLE, MS (WDAM) - The Mississippi Department of Corrections is investigating the death of an inmate at the South Mississippi Correctional Institution in Leakesville.

MDOC officials said Eddie Shorty was found unconscious in his shared cell during a cell check early Wednesday morning. He was pronounced dead at the prison hospital just after 4:15 a.m.

MDOC officials said they will have to wait for autopsy results to determine how Shorty died.

Shorty, 57, was serving a 30-year sentence for armed robbery in DeSoto County. He was sentenced to prison on May 28, 1999.