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Prisoner wrote heartbreaking plea for release before becoming first federal inmate to die of coronavirus

Added 04-05-20 09:13:03pm EST - “He was not yet 50, was serving 27 years for nonviolent crimes, and wanted to see his teen son, who had been a toddler when last they met. But Patrick Jones, the first federal inmate to die of coronavirus, was not to get his wish ?"…” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “Prisoner wrote heartbreaking plea for release before becoming first federal inmate to die of coronavirus”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

He was not yet 50, was serving 27 years for nonviolent crimes, and wanted to see his teen son, who had been a toddler when last they met.

But Patrick Jones, the first federal inmate to die of coronavirus, was not to get his wish – despite a heartbreaking letter detailing his fatherly desire.

The letter, written to U.S. District Judge Alan Albright on Oct. 15, 2019, and obtained by NBC News, was denied on Feb. 26, according to NBC News – 22 days before Jones succumbed to COVID-19 at age 49.

He was incarcerated in the low-security prison in Oakdale, La., NBC News said, which currently has the most deadly outbreak of coronavirus in the nation’s 122-facility federal prison system. Oakdale I, as it is known within the system, holds “990 male offenders,” according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

“On Thursday, March 19, 2020, inmate Patrick Jones complained of a persistent cough at the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Oakdale I in Oakdale, Louisiana,” the Bureau of Prisons said in a March 28 statement. “He was evaluated by institutional medical staff and transported to a local hospital for further treatment and evaluation. While at the local hospital, Mr. Jones tested positive for COVID-19. On Friday, March 20, 2020, his condition declined and he was placed on a ventilator. On Saturday, March 28, 2020, Mr. Jones, who had long-term, pre-existing medical conditions which the CDC lists as risk factors for developing more severe COVID-19 disease, was pronounced dead by hospital staff.”

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