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Fourth inmate at Oakdale federal prison dies from coronavirus

A 49-year-old inmate died Saturday after contracting the coronavirus at Oakdale FCC where at...
A 49-year-old inmate died Saturday after contracting the coronavirus at Oakdale FCC where at least five prisoners have tested positive for the virus.(Source: KPLC)
Updated: Apr. 2, 2020 at 3:55 PM CDT
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OAKDALE, La. (KPLC) - A fourth inmate of the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Oakdale I in Oakdale has died from COVID-19.

David Townsend, 66, was transported to a local hospital on Mar. 28 after going into respiratory failure at the institution.

Townsend tested positive for COVID-19 at the hospital and was placed on a ventilator.

On Apr. 2, Townsend, who had long-term, pre-existing medical conditions, died of the disease.

Townsend was sentenced in the Northern District of Georgia to a twenty-year sentence for possession with intent to distribute marijuana (at least 100 kg.), methamphetamine mixture (at least 500 gm.), and methamphetamine actual (at least 5 gm.). He had been in custody at FCI Oakdale I since Nov. 20, 2013.

Previous to Townsend, the third inmate of FCI Oakdale I died from COVID-19.

Inmate James Wilson, 57, was transported to a local hospital after he went into respiratory failure at the Federal Correctional Institution on Mar. 29, 2020.

While at the hospital, Wilson tested positive for COVID-19 and was placed on a ventilator when his health declined the next day. Wilson had a history of pre-existing medical conditions which placed him at high risk for developing a more severe case of the disease. He was later pronounced dead by hospital staff on Apr. 1.

Wilson was sentenced in the Northern District of Alabama to an eleven-year and three-month sentence for obscene material and receipt of child pornography. He had been in custody at FCI Oakdale I since September 14, 2015.

The prison currently houses 971 male offenders. There are twelve inmates of FCC that are COVID-19 positive and four staff members.

The Bureau of Prisons will continue to provide daily updates and information on actions related to COVID-19.

Details on the first inmate death at FCI Oakdale I can be found HERE, the second inmate death can be found HERE.

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