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JACKSON, MS – Two inmates from different prisons have died in separate Jackson hospitals.

Charles Bates, 66, died Friday at Merit Health Central and Thaddeus Antwon Scales, 44, died Thursday night at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

In each case, the cause and the manner of death will be determined by an autopsy.

Bates, MDOC #112301, was serving a total of 27 years at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility (CMCF) in Rankin County for child pornography and sale of a controlled substance with an enhanced penalty in Marion County. He was sentenced Aug. 4, 2008, for the pornography crime and March 4, 2010, for the drug charge.

Scales, MDOC #147194, was serving 10 years at the South Mississippi Correctional Institution (SMCI) in Greene County for second-degree murder. He was sentenced May 13, 2019, in Marshall County. is an online news site covering Simpson and surrounding counties as well as the State of Mississippi.


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