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MDOC inmate found dead

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Mississippi Department of Corrections officials are investigating the death of a Central Mississippi Correctional Facility inmate.

27-year-old Deonte Bennett was found unconscious in his cell at 3:50 Tuesday morning.

He was pronounced dead at 4:45 this morning after emergency officials tried unsuccessfully to revive him.

Bennett was serving 3 years for a Hinds County marijuana possession conviction in 2014.

He was returned to the Pearl facility last November for a parole violation.

MDOC spokesperson Grace Simmons-Fisher says an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

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