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Two Nebraska inmates die after testing positive for COVID

Two Nebraska inmates die after testing positive for COVID

Two inmates died Thursday at a Lincoln hospital after testing positive for COVID-19, the Nebraska Department of Corrections said.

Both men had other medical conditions, the department said.

One man, an inmate in his 50s, had been sentenced for possession of child pornography in Box Butte County. State prison records show that 58-year-old David F. Munsey, whose 12-year sentence began July 14, was released Friday. The reason for his release was listed as “deceased.”

The other man, an inmate in his 40s, had been sentenced for second-degree murder, theft and a weapon charge in Douglas County.

The department said it wouldn’t release names of the inmates to “maintain confidentiality of ... medical records in accordance with state law.”

The exact cause of the deaths has not been determined. When asked whether the two deaths were related, a department spokeswoman said they were separate cases.

As is the case whenever an inmate dies, a grand jury will conduct an investigation.

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