Two more Texas prison inmates with COVID-19 die

Two more Texas prison inmates diagnosed with COVID 18 have died.
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(KWTX) Two more Texas prison inmates diagnosed with COVID 18 have died.

Robert Hohn, 79, who was serving a 50-year sentence out of Liberty County at the Telford Unit died Wednesday at Hospital Galveston. He had pre-existing conditions.

James Lorke, 65, died on Tuesday after he was flown to Hospital Galveston.
He had served 28 years of a 99-year sentence for murder out of Bexar County.

Six additional deaths are under investigation.

A total of 693 offenders have tested positive for the virus and nearly 17,300 are on medical restriction.

Four state prison units in Gatesville are among 40 locked down statewide because of the virus.

One employee tested positive for the virus at the Christina Melton Crain Unit; one employee tested positive at the Alfred D. Hughes Unit where 92 inmates are on medical restriction and one is isolated; 44 inmates and 25 employees have tested positive at the Dr. Lane Murray Unit where 55 inmates are isolated and 591 are medically restricted; and eight inmates and nine employees have tested positive at the Linda Woodman State Jail where eight inmates are isolated and 260 are medically restricted.

A total of 265 agency employees, staff or contractors have tested positive for the virus and three have died.

Longtime Texas Department of Criminal Justice employee Akbar Shabazz, died Thursday after a nearly three-week battle with the new coronavirus, the agency announced Thursday.

Shabazz, 70, who was the TDCJ’s regional area Muslim chaplain, fell ill on April 3.

He died early Thursday at Methodist Hospital in the Woodlands.

He started work as a volunteer and became an employee of the agency in September 1977.

Correctional Officer Jonathon Keith Goodman, 52, an 11-year Texas Department of Criminal Justice veteran, died Tuesday afternoon at a hospital in Amarillo after he was removed from life support following a stroke on April 17.

He tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday and the virus apparently contributed to his death, prison officials said.

Kelvin Wilcher, 49, a correctional officer at the Estelle Unit in Huntsville, died on April 6 after testing positive for the virus.

Five other inmates diagnosed with the virus have died as well, one of whom was serving a sentence for a local offense.

James Nealy, 68, was found unresponsive in his cell on April 15 at the Wynne Unit in Huntsville.

He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

A preliminary autopsy indicated the cause of death was COVID-19.

Nealy was serving a 99-year sentence after he was convicted in Bell County of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Willie Eanes, 84, was taken on April 14 from the Telford Unit to the University of Texas Tyler Medical Center with symptoms consistent with the virus.

He tested positive the next day and died on April 20.

Eanes, who had underlying medical conditions, was serving a 45-year sentence after he was convicted of murder in Tarrant County.

Inmate Bartolo Infante, 72, died on April 7 after testing positive for the virus on April 3 at the Telford Unit in New Boston.

Inmate Leonard Clerkly, 62, who was who was serving a life sentence at the Pack Unit in Navsota for aggravated sexual assault of a child younger than 12 out of Tarrant County, died on April 11.

Inmate Johnny Davis, 60, who was serving a 10-year sentence at the Telford Unit in New Boston for obstruction/retaliation out of Hunt County, died on April 14 after testing positive for the virus.