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Three Mississippi inmates die in a week
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April 17, 2017 -

According to the Mississippi Department of Corrections three inmates at Mississippi State Penitentiary Parchman have died in the past week 

20-year-old inmate Marel Gartney was pronounced dead at 9:33 a.m. Wednesday 4/12/17 at the prison hospital. He was convicted in September 2013 of shooting into a dwelling and shooting at a motor vehicle. Both carried an enhanced penalty. Gartney was serving two sentences for a total of 10 years.

A former Justice Court judge and law enforcement officer convicted of rape was the second inmate to die at Parchman this week. 78-year-old Billy T. Bonner died Thursday at the hospital at Parchman. Bonner was serving a five year term. He was sentenced in March 2013 after pleading guilty in Wayne County. 

According to the Associated Press, Bonner was arrested in July 2011, after Wayne General Hospital told authorities a 16-year-old rape victim had been brought to the medical facility. The young girl was cleaning Bonner's house when the sexual assault occurred.

58-year-old Randy Bevill was serving life in prison for the 1986 murder of a woman who went missing after going jogging. Bevill died Friday at 2:10 p.m. at Bolivar County Medical Center after being transported from Parchman hospital.

Bevill was tried and sentenced twice for the July 31, 1986, murder of 18-year-old Amy Clayton of Tupelo. His first convicted of capital murder in 1987 was reversed on appeal. He was convicted a second time of homicide/murder and sentenced to life in April of 1992, as a habitual offender, based on two prior convictions of grand larceny and burglary of an unoccupied dwelling in Pontotoc County. 

The causes and manners of death of all three inmates are pending autopsies.

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