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Florida man says prison is making him physically ill, requests doctor examination

On Tuesday, a Florida man who was imprisoned for gunning down four people in Tampa in 2017 requested a judge to provide medical assistance. The prisoner said that jail was making him physically ill and he wants to see a doctor.

Howell Emanuel Donaldson III said that he was feeling like a 96-year-old man at age 26. Donaldson is facing imprisonment for shooting and killing four people, and he has spent 427 days since the officials arrested him. Authorities identified the victims as Benjamin Mitchell, Monica Hoffa, Anthony Naiboa and Ronald Felton. The incident took place in Tampa’s Seminole Heights neighborhood in November 2017, as per reports.

“Since I’ve been in jail, I’ve had unfortunate things happen to me,” Donaldson told Hillsborough Circuit Judge Mark Wolfe on Tuesday. “Since I’ve been in there I’ve become physically ill. … I’m just asking for you just to get me some help, some professional help.”

“I’m an ex-college athlete, and it’s hard for me to stand right now,” he said, adding that he knows his body and is a strong guy. I feel like if I’m in there much longer, my heart and my body won’t be able to last,” Donaldson said.

Following the request, Wolfe told Donaldson that he would soon order a medical evaluation and a doctor will visit the prison to see Donaldson.

Local sources say that doctors after visiting the prison will determine whether the killer is suffering from physical issues and needs a specific treatment in order to live a healthy life ahead.

Officials arrested Donaldson on Nov. 28, 2017, and was charged with four counts of first-degree murder. A report says that prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Donaldson.

Donaldson was found fit to stand trial.