SAN PEDRO (CBSLA) — Another inmate at Federal Correction Institution Terminal Island has died after developing a severe case of the novel coronavirus, bringing the prison’s death toll to eight.
According to a release from the United States Bureau of Prisons, 65-year-old James Lino was sent to a local hospital on April 16 due to shortness of breath, coughing, generalized weakness and other symptoms after testing positive for COVID-19.READ MORE: Actor Peter Dante, Regular In Adam Sandler Movies, Accused Of Antisemitic Remarks In Recent Lawsuit
Lino, who prison officials said had long-term, preexisting conditions, was placed on a ventilator April 18. He died Wednesday.READ MORE: West Hills Stolen Motorcycle Suspect Identified As Ruben Contreras Jr.
Lino was sentenced in the District of Hawaii to a 34-month sentence for conspiracy to distribute and possess 50 grams or more of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. He had been in custody at Terminal Island since Feb. 14 of last year.MORE NEWS: LA County Sees Another 72 Deaths Related To COVID-19
Terminal Island is a low security facility that houses 1,042 male offenders. More than 66% of the inmates have tested positive for COVID-19.