Fentanyl overdose, stroke blame for 2 in 4 recent deaths at troubled Wisconsin prison

Two of four inmates found dead at the Waupun Correctional Facility since June died of drug overdoses and strokes, a medical examiner said Wednesday.

Tyshun Lemons, 30, was found dead at the prison on October 2. Cameron Williams, 24, was found dead there on October 30.

Dodge County Medical Examiner PJ Schoebel said in a telephone interview that Lemons overdosed on acetylfentanyl, a powerful opioid painkiller. He ruled that Lemons' death was accidental.

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Lemons was sentenced in 2015 to 13 years in prison after being convicted of participating in armed robbery and inadvertent endangerment, according to court records.

As for Williams, a blood vessel in his brain burst, leading to a fatal stroke, Schoebel said. He ruled that the death was natural.

Williams had bounced around the correctional system since being convicted in 2019 of theft and bail jumping, Department of Corrections records show.

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Two of four recent inmate deaths at a troubled Wisconsin correctional facility have been blamed on a fentanyl overdose and a stroke.

Dean Hoffmann committed suicide in solitary confinement in Waupun in June. Donald Maier was found dead at the facility on February 22. Authorities have not released details about any of the deaths. Schoebel said he had nothing to report about the deaths.

Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt said in telephone interviews that the deaths were still under investigation. He declined to comment on how Lemons obtained the fentanyl. Department of Corrections officials also did not immediately respond to an email asking how Lemons obtained the drug.

The Department of Corrections last year instituted lockdowns at Waupun as well as the Green Bay and Stanley prisons because of a shortage of guards.

A group of Waupun inmates filed a federal lawsuit in October, claiming the confinement conditions at the facility constitute cruel and unusual punishment. And last month, Hoffmann's daughter filed a federal lawsuit alleging that Waupun officials failed to provide her father with adequate mental health care and medication. These cases are ongoing.

Stanley returned to normal operations at the end of November. Movement restrictions have been eased in Waupun and Green Bay, but some remain in effect.

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further shedding light on how two Wisconsin inmates died last year. Tyshun Lemons, 30, was found dead at the Waupun Correctional Facility on October 2. Cameron Williams, 24, was found dead at the facility on October 30. Dodge County Medical Examiner PJ Schoebel said in a telephone interview. On Wednesday, Lemons overdosed on acetylfentanyl, a powerful opioid painkiller. Williams died of a naturally occurring stroke. Schoebel declined further comment. Lemons and Williams were among four Waupun inmates who have died since June 2023. Dean Hoffman committed suicide in solitary confinement in June and Donald Maier died at the facility last month.

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