Michigan Inmate who Spent 44 Years in Prison Dies of COVID-19 Just before Release

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William Garrison, 60, Succumbs to Coronavirus Just Weeks before His Release

An inmate in Michigan who was set to be paroled after serving about 44 years in prison died of coronavirus just a few weeks before his release.

According to officials, 60-year-old William Garrison could have been released earlier this year, but he decided to complete his prison sentence so that he could be free from any supervision after his release.

Garrison was imprisoned when he was 16 and had been serving a sentence for first-degree murder during an armed robbery in 1976.

The Michigan Department of Corrections once again offered Garrison parole three weeks ago because he was among those vulnerable to coronavirus.

Authorities said that Garrison did not complain about any illness until shortly before he died. Health officials tested him after his death and confirmed that he had contracted the virus.

About 17 Michigan inmates had died from COVID-19, and more than 520 had tested positive. As of Monday morning, Michigan had recorded 31,242 confirmed coronavirus cases and 2,391 deaths.