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Del. Inmate's Death Spawns Lawsuits Against Medical Contractor

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP/WBOC)- The death of a prison inmate in Delaware has spawned two lawsuits against a medical contractor for the state's prison system.           

The lawsuits stem from the death of 49-year-old Luis Cabrera in November.           

His family alleges in one suit that Cabrera died from negligence by Connections Community Support Programs, its employees and the Delaware Department of Correction.           

Prior to this death, Cabrera - a former Delaware death row inmate - was serving life sentences for a 1996 double murder and was a potential witness in a trial of three fellow inmates charged in a February 2017 riot and uprising at the state's maximum-security James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna, during which correctional officer Lt. Steven Floyd was killed and three other staffers taken hostage.

Ultimately, only one inmate, Dwayne Staats, was convicted on murder charges in connection with the prison uprising. Inmate Jarreau Ayers was convicted of all of the charges facing him other than murder. Following a series of acquittals of several other inmates charged in the riot, last month prosecutors dropped the cases against two remaining inmates. 

The other suit was filed by former Connections employee Tracey Crews. She said she was fired after raising concerns about Cabrera's treatment.           

The family's lawsuit says Cabrera died from a perforated duodenal ulcer.

Delaware's attorney general is already investigating the contractor amid allegations that staffers falsely claimed inmates were getting mental health treatment they never received.           

The contractor did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

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