Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Inmate Commits Suicide (Updated)

The Mississippi Department of Corrections issued the following statement.

An inmate was found dead by apparent suicide in his one-man cell at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman on Wednesday morning.

The death in Unit 29 appears to be by hanging, according to Sunflower County Coroner Heather Burton. The investigation into the death is ongoing, and the cause and the manner are pending confirmation of an autopsy.

Identification of the inmate is pending notification of the next of kin.

The Mississippi Department of Corrections will continue to provide information as soon as it is verified and is committed to providing updates as quickly as possible..

Update (9:30 PM): The inmate found dead by apparent suicide at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman on Wednesday morning is now identified.

Thomas Lee, 49, pleaded guilty to capital murder and was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole on Oct. 20, 2014, in Grenada County Circuit Court for the death of Grenada police Capt. Wayne Haddock. Haddock was struck by a fleeing car on Oct. 7, 2011, while attempting to lay spikes across Mississippi Highway 8 west to stop the car. Lee was a passenger in the car.


MSP officers found Lee, MDOC #193704, in his one-man cell at Unit 29 after 10 a.m. They performed CPR for several minutes before he was pronounced dead at 10:47 a.m.


The county coroner says the cause of death “appears consistent with ligature hanging,” but the official cause and manner of death are pending confirmation by an autopsy and an investigation by the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dang, they are dropping like flies in MS prisons.

Anonymous said...

Thanks are in order to the inmate. Now the taxpayer is no longer on the hook to sustain his worthless existence.

Anonymous said...

Enough is enough. That makes 10 inmates who have died in the custody of MDOC since December 29. It's time for the Feds to come in and take control. Obviously this is beyond our state government to resolve.

Anonymous said...

As if we don't look inept enough on a National/World stage. More sad days ahead with the brass and their IDGAF attitudes towards the pleebs.

Anonymous said...

Hey, it could be worse.

-The cameras could have malfunctioned during the time of said hanging
-guards been "asleep"
-remaining footage been "accidentally deleted"
-the inmate's hyoid bone could've broken in three places (rare for suicides, more common in strangulation)
-his capillaries could have burst (rare for suicides, more common in strangulation)
-his legs could be pale (rare of suicides, more common in strangulation)
-his cellmate moved from the cell hours before the "hanging"
-the neck wound could've not matched the alleged rope used
-the bed frame could've been too short to pull off the hanging

At least this guy actually killed himself, not like Jeffrey Epstein

Make Prisons Great Again said...

Prison reform, Mississippi version.

Anonymous said...

They can ignore it if they want, but sooner rather than later taxes will have to be raised to fix this starting with increased guard pay.

Jay-Zee said...

It’s like the Raymond detention center on a statewide basis. Did he get ‘suicided’? It’s a reasonable question at this point.

Anonymous said...

... but sooner rather than later taxes will have to be raised ...

Why must taxes be raised? Who do you suggest should pay more?

Anonymous said...

One more Thug gone🤣🤣🤣

Anonymous said...

We aint gonna like it when the Feds come in (like they did in Alabama) and this cost us millions more. When the feds are finished our prisons will be nicer than Memaw's nursing home.

Anonymous said...

Damn...that Parchman thing is working out as planned.

Anonymous said...

Wait a second. This guy is sentenced for capital murder and serving a life sentence without parole after he was a passenger in a fleeing car that struck a police officer?

Anonymous said...

It's no great loss folks. I hate to sound like an insensitive bastard, but the inmates up at Parchman are the scum of the earth. This particular inmate took his own life by all accounts, so it's really a win-win for all parties involved, including the taxpayers.

Anonymous said...

The Democrats scream for prison reform and the release of prisoners early. Well, 10 are no longer in the custody of the State. Geez, you got what you wanted, find something else to complain about.

Anonymous said...

This is an Gross injustice. Thomas Lee was passenger in the car. How can a judge sentence a person to such injustice? Kingfish your bloggers are the scum of the earth to quote 8:13 AM. Mississippi need to mature & not be the backwoods "I'd go to a hanging with him Hew Haw state!!"

Kingfish said...

I suspect he was convicted under the felony murder rule, as he should have been. He and his friend killed a cop in the commission of their crime.

If he died of true suicide, oh friggin well, I'm not shedding tears over it.

If he was murdered in prison, that's different.

Want to hear something funny? When all this prison riot stuff started to go down, a source, one I've relied on in the past for law enforcement matters, told me the count was ten. That was when the official count was two. I think its coincidence because the coroner has been pretty forthcoming with information through this ordeal. Still pretty interesting.

Anonymous said...

Views like 8:13 and 8:30 hold are the very reason why the feds are going to come in. For whatever reasons, state government is unable and/or unwilling to do anything about it, so the feds will come in and do what the state won't do, just as they had to come in during the civil right era. Like it or not, the feds will be here one way or another regarding this, and I can assure you they do not hold the same draconian views that you two hold.

Anonymous said...

Yes, he was charged under the felony-murder law. His conviction was the result of a guilty plea, no doubt to avoid the death penalty. I seriously doubt this was his first rodeo with law enforcement.

Anonymous said...

6:36 the folks who want them locked up will to pay.

Anonymous said...

8:13 here, and yes 9:09, I would go to a public hanging. If that method of punishment was still used in this state & country, we wouldn't be in the current state of crime, over-crowded prisons, etc. that we find ourselves here in 2020. As 'draconian' as that may seem, it would be a REAL deterrent to crime and lawlessness. Call me and others that feel the same way whatever you want, I really don't give a flying fuck.

Anonymous said...

A person with, at best, dubious judgment (as evidenced by his being both factually and legally guilty of playing a role in the death of a LEO) in a pretty much "end of the road" situation (life in Parchman) who makes the decision to commit suicide isn't really "a crisis" or even anecdotal evidence of one.

Anonymous said...

I guess the other 9 people who have died doesn't count as anecdotal evidence of a crisis either.

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