Minnesota attorney general to review 2018 death of Beltrami County inmate

The review could lead to criminal charges related to the death of 27-year-old Hardel Sherrell


February 14, 2023

Elizabeth Flores, Star Tribune

Del Shea Perry spoke about her son, Hardel Sherrell, who died in the Beltrami County jail in 2018 as several hundred people demonstrated on April 16, 2021, near the Brooklyn Center Police Department in response to the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center.

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison will review the 2018 death of a Beltrami County jail inmate.

Hardel Sherrell, 27, had been in the county jail nine days when he died. After becoming ill with numbness and pain in his chest and lower limbs, he was placed under the care of Dr. Todd Leonard and the staff of Mend Correctional Care, which provided contracted medical services to the jail.

An investigation by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice found a Mend employee recommended Sherrell be transferred to a hospital room but the jail administrator initially vetoed the move because employees thought Sherrell was faking his symptoms.



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