Daniel Gunnels Did Not Have to Die in Victorville

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Daniel Gunnels Did Not Have to Die in Victorville

On January 31, 2016 inmate Daniel "Yogi" Gunnels at USP Victorville was taken to medical with serious, but survivable head injuries allegedly from being struck in the head several times with a beanie full of rocks. I don't know how he was hurt, but I saw all the blood on the concrete afterwards and heard stories about how medical handled it. He was taken to the hospital at first, but for some reason they sent him back to the prison after just a couple of days. He was placed in the SHU and guys I knew in the SHU say that they could not recognize him. They described his entire face and head as being severely swollen and that no one could understand the words that came out of his mouth. Some time later, between one and three weeks he was taken back to the hospital after slipping into a coma. Eventually I was told that they had to pull the plug. Now if you check out the BOP inmate locator (https://www.bop.gov/inmateloc/) DANIEL ALLAN GUNNELS 84477-080 is listed diseased as of 3/9/2016, but I heard he died before that day.

Last I heard they are trying build a murder case against the man accused of hitting him with the rocks. I lived in unit 4A at the time with both men and consider them friends. This was not a murder. Had Yogi received proper treatment for the swelling of his brain he could and should have lived. Now two lives are potentially ruined because some incompetent idiot sent him back or had him brought back to prison instead. You do not need to be a doctor to know that brain swelling can be treated (http://www.webmd.com/brain/brain-swelling-brain-edema-intracranial-pressure#3-6) by removing part of the skull to reduce the pressure if necessary. Whoever caused him to be sent back to that prison should join his old friends there.

After Yogi left the yard I moved into his old cell and inherited what was left of his stuff. It was really creepy after he died seeing his things everywhere every day.

Have you ever noticed how federal inmate deaths are rarely covered by the press and state inmate deaths almost always make the news?

I was not sure if I was going to write this at first because I do not want people questioning me about it, but after seeing a guy on Facebook talking about how his dad died of a heart attack there and the difficulty he had getting his meds I decided more documentation of the medical situation there is needed. The clickable link above the description on the Blast Zone links to that other guy's story. BOP Health Services killed Dan Gunnels.

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