The Mississippi Department of Corrections is investigating the death of an inmate from Greenwood who was serving his sentence at a South Mississippi prison.

Nathaniel Taylor, 32, was taken by ambulance Wednesday afternoon from the South Mississippi Correctional Institution in Leakesville to the Greene County Hospital. He was pronounced dead in the emergency room. An autopsy will be done.

Nathaniel Taylor


Taylor was at least the 54th Mississippi inmate to die since late December.

Taylor was serving 20 years for four convictions.

He was convicted in Leflore County for the 2015 armed robbery of a Main Street convenience store, during which Taylor was shot in the back by the store’s owner. After being treated for his wounds at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Taylor initially eluded authorities when he was unexpectedly released from the hospital. He was later arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service.

In addition to armed robbery, he was convicted of possession of stolen property and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon for that crime. He also was serving time for a 2015 robbery conviction in Washington County.

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