George County

A George County jail inmate was rushed to the hospital and later died, official says

Samuel Tidwell
Samuel Tidwell George County jail

A state inmate serving time for armed robberies in Harrison County has died while serving a prison sentence, according to George County officials.

The George County Sheriff's Office released some details about the Monday death of 28-year-old Samuel Ronald Tidwell of Long Beach.

Tidwell, who was being held at the George County jail, was taken to an area hospital early on March 28 and later died, the release said.

Sheriff Keith Havard said other inmates alerted guards that Tidwell wasn't feeling well. He said foul play is not suspected in Tidwell's death.

According to previous reports in the Sun Herald, Tidwell was serving an eight-year prison term for armed robberies in 2010. He was convicted on three counts of armed robbery and sentenced in September 2011.

He would have been eligible for consideration for release on Dec. 26, the state prison website shows.

In one of the robberies, Tidwell and another man arrested were accused of robbing a casino worker at gunpoint. The holdup was in the parking lot of the Island View Casino. One of the men was the getaway driver and the other was the gunman and wore a ski mask.

The sheriff's office is assisting the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the Mississippi Department of Corrections in the investigation into Tidwell's death.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the George County Sheriff’s Office at 601-947-4811.

The Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers is available for reporting anonymous crime tips by calling 1-877-787-5898.

Patrick Ochs, 228-896-2326, @PatrickOchs