Two More Blackwater Correctional Facility Inmates Die From COVID-19

April 17, 2020

Two more inmates have died due to coronavirus at the Blackwater Correctional Facility in Milton.

Rafael Rosario (pictured left), 65, died April 15, and Jessie Bannerman died April 16. As we previously reported, 69-year-old Jeffrey Sand, died April 9, and  84-year-old William B. Wilson, died April 12, according to the District One Medical Examiner’s Office.

Wilson, Rosario and Bannerman died in the hospital, while Sand passed away inside the prison. Rosario was serving 15 years for a Palm Beach County manslaughter, and Bannerman was serving a life sentence for robbery with a weapon.

The latest update from the Florida Department of Corrections shows nine staff members and 34 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 at the privately operated prison.

One employee or contract staffer at Century Correctional Institution has tested positive, but no inmate cases have been reported in Century.

A total of 63 employees and 44 inmates across the state have been reported positive for COVID-19 by the Florida Department of Corrections.


9 Responses to “Two More Blackwater Correctional Facility Inmates Die From COVID-19”

  1. Libby on July 18th, 2020 8:43 am

    So sorry for your loss. My heart breaks, when I think about there love one’s. People forget that inmates
    Have family’s.
    What did they do?Think , they are people. The worst part is , there was no good by.
    I’m deeply sorry

  2. David Huie Green on April 18th, 2020 10:09 am

    “@kim….if it were your family member I bet you would think differently”

    Kim is right. Many with COVID-19 have mild symptoms and do not need the help of medical personnel, whereas they might infect staff and other patients if they were there.

    David for reason

  3. Hmmmmmm on April 18th, 2020 4:02 am

    @kim….if it were your family member I bet you would think differently.

    @sunshine I’m not sure if tbey are letting the inmates use the phones if they are on lockdown. Been waiting on a call myself.

  4. kim on April 17th, 2020 8:41 pm

    sunshine, just because they test positive doesn’t mean they need to be in the hospital.

  5. SUNSHINE on April 17th, 2020 4:20 pm

    they need to get these men to a hospital & anyone else who’s tested positive. they deserve to be treated like anyone else. you bet your ass there checking on there staff. if you know a inmate there , get and stay in touch with them . all calls are recorded. and record them yourself for there protection. I hope no one else has to go thru this.

  6. Bobby on April 17th, 2020 2:57 pm

    Where did you get weeks to report the death of the first two inmates.
    Look at the dates they died and the date north escambia reported it.

  7. Ex on April 17th, 2020 12:59 pm

    Santa Rosa is were the bad boys are. Blackwater is were the I/m have A/C. If you look it up you would be surprised how many elderly Inmates they are in FL.

  8. Oversight on April 17th, 2020 6:29 am

    Thought Blackwater was supposed to be for those worst of the worst to control inmates. Looks more like a geriatrics clinic for prisoners instead.

  9. Hmmmm on April 17th, 2020 6:24 am

    Hmmm…… The first two that died it took weeks to report. There two, the next day. Someone got the message.

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