July 3, 2020

A Mississippi woman died the day after turning herself in for a one-year jail sentence

A Vicksburg woman who died one day after turning herself into St. Tammany Parish, La., authorities to begin serving a one-year jail sentence was described as “feisty” by Cherie William Harrison’s attorney, who said she seemed healthy when he last saw her in court.

“Every time she appeared in court, she did not appear distressed,” said Brian Meissner, who was appointed by the St. Tammany Public Defenders Office to defend Harrison. “I was as shocked as anyone when I got the call from District Court. She always showed up (for hearings) and she was a very nice person.”

According to a report from the Baton Rouge, La., Advocate, Harrison, 33, died Oct. 4, one day after she reported to the St. Tammany Parish Jail to begin serving a one-year sentence for failure to report a felony.

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