Nebraska inmate dies at hospital

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — State prisons officials say a 27-year-old Nebraska State Penitentiary inmate has died at a Lincoln hospital.

A news release from the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services says Jackson Hendrick died around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Officials did not say in the release why or when he had been taken to the hospital, and a department spokeswoman did not immediately respond to questions about whether his death was related to the new coronavirus outbreak or was caused by something else.

Hendrick was serving a 20- to 30-year sentence out of Lancaster County for first-degree sexual assault of a minor. 

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