Federal Inmate Dies/Coronavirus

An inmate at the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute has died from coronavirus, according to the Bureau of Prisons.

65-year-old Byron Bird was taken to a Terre Haute hospital in August after testing positive for the virus.

He remained there until he died Sunday.

Bird was serving a 74-year sentence for multiple crimes, including sexual abuse of a minor, witness tampering, and failure to register as a sex offender.

He had been behind bars at USP Terre Haute since July 2019.

Sixty-one inmates and one staff member at the facility in Terre Haute have tested positive for coronavirus.

Bird is the second inmate to die as a result of the virus.