Family of nurse convicted in inmate's death: "She didn't get enough time"

Family of nurse convicted in inmate's death: "She didn't get enough time"
Carmon Sue Brannan will serve 15 years in prison for the death of inmate William Joel Dixon. (Photo Source: George Co. Sheriff's Dept.)
Carmon Sue Brannan will serve 15 years in prison for the death of inmate William Joel Dixon. (Photo Source: George Co. Sheriff's Dept.)
Whitney Hodges and Bernnie Thompson believe their mother, Carmen Sue Brannan, deserves more time after the death of an inmate. (Photo Source: Whitney Hodges)
Whitney Hodges and Bernnie Thompson believe their mother, Carmen Sue Brannan, deserves more time after the death of an inmate. (Photo Source: Whitney Hodges)

GEORGE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The adult children of a former jail nurse in George County say their mother didn't get sentenced enough time for the death of inmate William Joel Dixon.

Carmon Sue Brannan will spend the next 15 years in prison after being found responsible for Dixon's death. Dixon was an insulin-dependent diabetic. Court records say Brannan administered inadequate medical care to the inmate for several days, leading up to this death in September 2014.

Brannan's first trial ended in mistrial in January 2018. She faced a judge and jury once again in July, and was found guilty of manslaughter.

Brannan's children said they haven't seen their mom in more than a decade. "I've never really in the past 15 years or so called her mom," said Whitney Hodges.

Whitney is now a mom of three young girls. Her little brother Bernnie isn't so little anymore. He's serving a tour in Kuwait with the National Guard. "I ain't talked to her in 10 years," Bernnie said.

The two are very outspoken on their relationship with Carmon Sue Brannan, who they refer to as Carmon. "I'm not going to say we didn't have a happy childhood, because we did," Whitney added.

Whitney and Bernnie say things with Brannan turned sour during their parents' divorce. The two chose to live with their father. "I don't know if I can ever forget it. After they divorced, of course I'm a senior in high school, I'm pretty much on my own. My brother was 13 and living with my dad, she said I'm done raising my kids. I'm going to do for me now," Whitney said.

"I've stayed with my dad ever since," added Bernnie.

Whitney said she knew Joel Dixon and his sister since they went to middle and high school together. She said that's how she found out about Joel's death and the accusations against her mom, through Joel's family on Facebook.

Bernnie said, "I saw it coming ahead of time, just the way she was acting and the way she treated people. It's a shame that it happened to them."

"I knew he was a diabetic because I went to school with him. I assumed someone at the jail would have known," Whitney said.

George County District Attorney Tony Lawrence said Brannan reportedly told George County jail staff that Dixon was faking his illness and going through drug withdrawals. The DA also said Dixon was left without medical attention for several days, ultimately leading to his death.

"My opinion, she didn't get enough time," Bernnie said.

Brannan will be back in court August 16. Following her guilty verdict, Brannan's attorneys asked for an appeal bond. If granted by the judge, Brannan would be out on bond pending the outcome of her appeal. As of August 8, no appeal on her behalf has been filed.

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