Eufaula family members seeking answers following inmate death

BULLOCK COUNTY, AL (WTVM) - A 53-year-old Eufaula man Levance Pinkins died Jan. 16 at the Bullock County Correctional Facility in Union Springs, AL.

Pinkins was originally booked in 1999 on charges of sodomy, burglary, and sexual abuse in Barbour County.

Over a week has gone by and family members say they still don't know how he died or where his body is.

"I just hollered and screamed and I just dropped the phone somebody else took the phone," Lisa Pinkins said.

Lisa Pinkins says that was her reaction when the chaplain of the Bullock County Correctional Facility called her Friday to let her know that her brother, Levance Pinkins, died on Tuesday.

"Nobody is answering and my mother she can't even talk right now because she cries every time she looks at his picture. We cant even set up his funeral because we don't know nothing," Pinkins said.

His sister says Levance was just denied parole 3-and-a-half years ago but had another shot at getting out in 2019.

"Its got to be something other than natural causes, nobody is responding, Pinkins said.

No one response at the facility in Union Springs, so we went to the Alabama Department of Corrections headquarters in Montgomery.

Records show this prison has a troubled past, a fatal stabbing of an inmate in May 2017, the prison was locked down in August 2016 because of 2 inmates being stabbed, and in April of 2016 three corrections officers were charged with attempting to smuggle contraband into the prison.

"If nothing comes out of this I want people to track down what's going on in these prisons because it's just not right," Pinkins said.

Pinkins' family says the only thing they are told that the body is at a state lab for an autopsy.

Investigators at the department of corrections are releasing little information on the cause of death at this time.

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