Family Questions Death Of Nevada Inmate

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File photo of a prison cell block. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

File photo of a prison cell block. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

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LAS VEGAS (KXNT/AP) — The family of a Nevada prison inmate is seeking answers after he died last month at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center.

Richard Ferst was one of four inmates who died in October at the prison in Carson City, and family members say they’ve received conflicting information about his death.

The Las Vegas Sun reports that his family was told he died Oct. 5 after liver surgery related to hepatitis.

His mother says a prison chaplain told her Ferst died at the prison’s infirmary two weeks after undergoing surgery. But she says she was later told through the funeral home handling arrangements that the 52-year-old Ferst died in his cell and did not appear to be under medical care when his body was found.


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