Adult boot camp inmate in Jessup collapses, dies after physical workout

May 09, 2000|By Rafael Alvarez | Rafael Alvarez,SUN STAFF

A 29-year-old inmate serving time on a cocaine conviction collapsed at Maryland's adult boot camp in Jessup and died yesterday morning on his way to breakfast after a physical workout.

Leonard Vines of the 3100 block of McElderry St. in East Baltimore was pronounced dead at Laurel Regional Hospital at 7: 41 a.m., about an hour after collapsing at the Herman L. Toulson Correctional Boot Camp.

A Maryland Division of Correction spokesman said Vines had stretched, done 20 push-ups, run 1 1/2 miles and done 50 sit-ups. Vines' platoon, No. 117, was marching to the mess hall for breakfast when he fell about 6: 40 a.m., said spokesman Dave Towers.

Paramedics and the camp nurse tried unsuccessfully to help Vines, said Towers. The inmate had been given medical clearance to take part in the boot camp program after a January examination, he said. Vines was in his second week at the camp.

An autopsy is to be performed today by the medical examiner's office in Baltimore.

Vines was serving a six-year sentence for possession with intent to distribute cocaine and was scheduled for release in 2002.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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