BUTNER, N.C. (WNCN) — Federal officials announced Sunday that an inmate at a prison in Butner died from complications from COVID-19.
Granville Vance Public Health officials announced last week that there were at least 59 COVID-19 cases at the federal prison complex.
As of Sunday, the Federal Bureau of Prisons website currently lists 82 cases in the complex, including staff members.
The inmate who died, Charles Richard Rootes, 81, passed away on Saturday at a local hospital, according to a news release from the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Rootes was sentenced in Tennessee to 99-years in prison for kidnapping, rape and motor vehicle theft, according to a news release from federal officials.
Rootes had been in custody at FCI Butner I, a medium security facility, since October 22, 2019.
Rootes “had long-term, pre-existing medical conditions which the CDC lists as risk factors for developing more severe COVID-19 disease,” the news release said.
The Bureau of Prisons website lists 4,670 inmates at the various buildings in the prison complex.