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Springfield’s Fed Med reports inmate death related to COVID-19

Federal Medical Center for Prisoners in Springfield, Mo.
Federal Medical Center for Prisoners in Springfield, Mo.(KY3)
Published: Dec. 29, 2020 at 10:24 AM CST
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - An inmate at Springfield’s Medical Center for Federal Prisoners died from complications of COVID-19.

Richard James, 61, tested positive for the virus on December 10. Medical staff transported him to a Springfield hospital days later. He died on December 27. James suffered from long-term pre-existing medical conditions.

A judge sentenced him to a life sentence for for racketeering and murder for hire convictions. He had been at the Springfield prison since 2013.

Fed Med in Springfield houses 806 prisoners.

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