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Inmate serving life sentence at Preston County Jail dies of COVID-19

WASHINGTON, DC — A Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Hazelton inmate has died in a hospital from complications from COVID-19, according to a press release from the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP).

Inmate Keith Roddy was assessed for hypoxia on Nov. 12 by institutional medical personnel at the FCI Hazelton in Bruceton Mills. mr. Roddy was transferred to a nearby hospital where he tested positive for COVID-19.

In hospital, his condition deteriorated and he was placed on a ventilator. On Monday, November 29, Roddy was pronounced dead by hospital staff. According to the press release, he had long-standing pre-existing medical conditions that put him at greater risk of developing a more serious case of COVID-19.

mr. Roddy was a 68-year-old man who was sentenced in the District of Columbia Superior Court to life imprisonment for parole for the first offense of involuntary manslaughter. He has been in custody at the Hazelton Federal Correctional Complex since October 21, 2020.

FCI Hazelton is a medium-sized facility that currently houses 1,526 male delinquents. According to the BOP’s COVID update, FCI Hazelton is currently operating at level 3 for COVID-19, meaning the prison is running on “intensive adjustments”. To operate at Level 3, the facility must have at least one of the following:

  • Medical isolation percentage of at least 7%
  • Institution’s vaccination rate or less than 50%
  • Community transfer rate of at least 100 per 100,000 in the past seven days

The Bureau of Prisons provides daily updates and information on actions related to COVID-19.