Inmate death at MCF-Rush City being investigated as possible homicide

Inmate death at MCF-Rush City being investigated as possible homicide

March 23, 2021 News News -- KKIN-KFGI-KLKS-WWWI 0

By Paul Vold kkinradio@embarqmail.com (3/23/21)

(Rush City, MN) — The death of an inmate at Minnesota Correctional Facility-Rush City is being investigated as a possible homicide.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office, and the DOC’s Office of Special Investigations are looking into the death of 56-year-old James Francis Howard, who was found dead in his cell on Sunday, March 21st. Corrections officers were doing rounds at 11:30pm on the 21st, when they found Howard with injuries to his face and head. Life saving measures were initiated but were unsuccessful and Howard was pronounced dead at 12:20am.

Howard was serving a 12-year prison serntence for homicide, while his cellmate is serving two sentences and is set to be released May 17th, 2021. The two were being housed in a temporary unit, which means they are not engaged in employment or programming.

The last time an incarcerated person died following an altercation with another incarcerated person was in 2013 at the MCF-Oak Park Heights.