Beaumont prisoner dies Thursday after being found unresponsive

Published 12:20 am Friday, August 13, 2021

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BEAUMONT — At approximately 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, inmate Michael Fossler was found unresponsive at the United States Penitentiary in Beaumont, according to the U.S. Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Responding staff arrived and initiated life-saving measures, authorities said, and staff members requested emergency medical services and life-saving efforts continued.

Fossler was transported by EMS to a local hospital for life-threatening injuries, and was subsequently pronounced deceased by hospital staff Thursday.

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation was notified.

No staff or other inmates were injured, and at no time was the public in danger, authorities said.

Fossler was a 33-year-old male who was sentenced in the Western District of Texas

to a 41-month sentence for felon in possession of a firearm.

He had been in custody at USP Beaumont since July 13.

USP Beaumont is a Hhigh security facility that houses 1,359 male offenders.

Additional information about the Bureau of Prisons can be found at