A Wyoming man has died after serving 19 days in prison, according to local news reports.
Leading up to his death, Alvis Shrewsbury told his family about broken ribs and showed up on a video call with a black eye.
He was the fifth person to die while incarcerated in Raleigh County’s Southern Regional Jail in one year.
Wyoming man dies after spending 19 days in prison, CBS affiliate reports WBTV.
Alvis Shrewsbury turned himself in on August 29 after being charged with a second DUI, WBTV reported.
While in prison, Shrewsbury called his family daily. However, as the days went by, his appearance on a video call made his family more and more concerned.
The family noticed that Shrewsbury suddenly began to face down and avoid eye contact on video calls.
According to WBTV, daughter Miranda Smith said, “After talking to him on the 10th[September]he had already been beaten. His face was all black.”
According to WBTV, he delivered a brooding message during a phone call with his mother.
“He said, ‘Even if I don’t come home, I love you, Mama. I want you to know that I love you,'” his mother, Anna Shrewsbury, said. .
During his days in prison, Shrewsbury told his family about the conditions at the facility.
“He told us he had broken ribs. He was having trouble breathing. He hadn’t had a bowel movement in over a week and hadn’t done anything about it. He went to the nurses station for help.” I was on the phone,” Smith said.
And last weekend, a Wyoming County Sheriff’s Deputy visited the mother and told her that Shrewsbury died after prison officials transported him to an area hospital.
“I told the babies he was fine,” Smith said.
“There’s a million people out there that I don’t know. But they belong to someone. Who was my father,” Smith added.
Shrewsbury was the fifth person to die last year incarcerated at the Southern Regional Jail in Raleigh County, the Register Herald. report.
Four others have died while in prison since September 2021. Prison officials found Kyle Robinson unresponsive in his cell in September 2021. A month after him, John Louis Jarrell died after he remained in prison for a week, The Register Herald reported.
In March, Quantez Burks died less than two days in prison. That month, Richard His Liston died the day after his hospitalization.
WBTV reports that Shrewsbury’s body is being held at the Chief Coroner’s Office in West Virginia. The family plans to conduct an independent autopsy on his body.
The West Virginia Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation did not immediately respond to an insider’s request for comment.
However, a spokesman for the West Virginia Department of Homeland Security said in a response to the Register-Herald that his death was “under investigation and we will not be commenting on the death under investigation.”
“It is protocol for any death, whether it is intentional or accidental. Any type of death will be referred to law enforcement for subsequent investigation,” the spokesperson said.
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