Former Buncombe County Sheriff Bobby Lee Medford, an inmate at the Federal Correctional Institution Butner Low in Butner, North Carolina has died, according to a news release.
On May 20, Medford was evaluated by medical staff at the prison for issues relating to hypoxia, the release said.
According to the release, he was transported to a local hospital for treatment and further evaluation. While at the outside hospital, Mr. Medford tested positive for COVID-19.
On May 21, his condition declined and he was placed on a ventilator, the release said.
According to the release, on Wednesday Medford, who had long-term, pre-existing medical conditions which the CDC lists as risk factors for developing more severe COVID-19 disease, was pronounced dead by hospital staff.
The 74-year-old was sentenced in the Western District of North Carolina to a 15-year sentence for racketeering, violence, conspiracy to commit extortion, conspiracy to commit mail fraud, mail fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, obstruction of state and local law enforcement, and conspiracy to conduct an illegal gambling business, the release said.
According to the release, Medford been in custody at the Federal Correctional Complex (FCC) Butner since December 9, 2008.