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Former federal inmate sentenced for involuntary manslaughter

Credit: U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Mississippi

A Jamaican national was sentenced to 15 months in prison for involuntary manslaughter, announced U.S. Attorney Darren J. LaMarca and Special Agent in Charge Jermicha Fomby of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Michael Phillips, 47, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Jackson

According to court documents, on or about July 2, 2017, during an altercation with another inmate at the Federal Correctional Complex in Yazoo City, Mississippi, Phillips punched the other inmate causing him to fall backwards into a metal locker. The other inmate hit the back of his head on the locker, and he died as a result of his injuries.

Phillips pled guilty on April 4, 2023, to involuntary manslaughter.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Special Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Robles and Assistant United States Attorney Kimberly Purdie prosecuted the case.

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