A 54-year-old woman, awaiting trial, died in a federal prison in Fort Worth after being transferred for medical care.
Sherry Hillman died Monday night at FMC Carswell. The only federal medical facility for confined women in the country.. Hillman had not yet been sentenced to sell methamphetamine and was waiting for a pre-judgment hearing in a Kentucky prison. Hillman was infected with COVID-19 in January at the Laurel County Orthodontic Center, a regional prison in Kentucky. She was hospitalized on January 8 and was placed on a ventilator.
Since then, she has been transferred to various prisons and hospitals, primarily Kentucky, said Hillman’s mother, Jan Addington. After being hospitalized with COVID-19, Hillman’s health did not fully recover.
Hillman was transferred to a hospital in Kentucky on May 18, and had surgery on May 21, said lawyer Barry Glen. Her condition hasn’t improved yet. COVID-19 can cause long-term health problemsAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, especially when people are in an existing state. According to court records, Hillman suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and emphysema. Hillman and her lawyer filed several allegations sealed in April regarding Hillman’s health. Glenn said he couldn’t say exactly what the movement was.
“She was moved to (Carswell) in Fort Worth because most people thought that care would be better than Kentucky,” Glenn said. “It’s a county prison, and they said they no longer have the ability or means to care for her.”
On June 1, the US Marshal moved Hillman to FMC Carswell. She was quarantined when she arrived at Carswell, following the CDC guidelines.
“Someone can help me”
The last call Adington received from her daughter was about a week ago.
“She said to me,’Mom, I’m not going to do that this time. I can’t do it anymore. I can’t,” Adington said. “I think she knew. And she was (in jail) in Texas, so I couldn’t go to her. I haven’t seen my daughter for nearly three years.”
Hillman grew up in Tennessee, near the Virginia border, according to Addington. She was a “growing beautiful young woman” who loved to go dancing. The family spent cooking and family vacation. She got married and later divorced and had three children and two grandchildren.
“It’s always hard to lose a child,” Adington said. “No matter how old they are.”
Addington does not feel that her daughter has taken the necessary care during her detention. Hillman told his mother that she wasn’t treated properly. She couldn’t control food and water, but wasn’t given any nutritional help, Adington said. After staying in the hospital once, Hillman became debilitated and could only walk a few steps.
“I don’t think she was treated correctly because she was telling me,” Adington said.
Two women imprisoned in Carswell said they had heard Hillman screaming for help from a cell on the medical floor for several days. A woman, also on the medical floor, said she heard Hillman screaming.
“Everyone on the floor heard her screaming for help for a few days,” said a woman who didn’t want her name to be used for fear of retaliation. “For days, they said she was forging it, and there was nothing wrong with her, and they ignored her cry for help. She You would say, “Please, someone can help me.” “
On June 14, Hillman became dyspnea and unresponsive, according to a press release from the prison bureau. According to the BOP, staff immediately began life-saving measures and requested emergency services.
According to Glenn, Hillman was ordered to have an autopsy and the death was attributed to nature.