77-year-old serving life sentence in Parchman dies at hospital

77-year-old serving life sentence in Parchman dies at hospital
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OXFORD, Miss. (WLBT) - A 77-year-old inmate died at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford on Saturday.

Mississippi Department of Corrections officials have identified the man as Willie C. Booker.

Booker was serving life at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman for homicide/murder in Calhoun County. He was sentenced on January 24, 1997, having been in prison for more than 23 years.

MDOC said foul play is not suspected in his death.

The cause and manner of death are pending autopsy.

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