4 Corrections Officers in Missouri Were Fired After a Prisoner Died in December

The Missouri Department of Corrections has fired four corrections officers following an inquiry into the December death of a 38-year-old prisoner.

Othel Moore died on December 8. He was arrested at Jefferson City Correctional Center.

The Cole County Medical Examiner performed an autopsy, but no report has been finished, and the cause of death has not been identified, according to Karen Pojmann, a spokesperson for the Department of Corrections, on Wednesday.

In addition to the internal inquiry by the prison department, the Cole County Sheriff’s Office is looking into Moore’s death, according to Pojmann.

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Further details about what caused the terminations were not available right away.

Moore had been in prison for over 18 years and was serving a 30-year term for second-degree domestic assault, first-degree robbery, armed criminal action, and possession of a dangerous narcotic.

In the weeks following his death, his family’s attorneys requested information from correctional officials, including security videos of what happened.

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Civil rights attorney Andrew Stroth stated at the time that they had yet to obtain proof from the Department of Corrections but that there were reports that Moore had been pepper-sprayed by corrections personnel and that “people heard him say he couldn’t breathe.”

Moore was raised in St. Louis and has a daughter, according to family members.

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