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Inmate dies after ‘in-cell attack’ at Virginia prison; cellmate is suspect

Posted at 4:38 PM, Aug 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-22 11:27:23-04

SUSSEX COUNTY, Va. -- Officials said an inmate has died after he was attacked in his cell inside Sussex I State Prison Wednesday morning.

Virginia Department of Corrections spokesperson Lisa Kinney said 45-year-old Pakastan Algier Gary suffered life-threatening injuries during "an apparent offender-on-offender fight" just after 10:30 a.m.

The suspect is Gary's cellmate, Frank Elmo Reid.

Richmond police said Reid abducted two city law firm workers at gunpoint, shooting one in the head before turning the gun on police in 2015.

Everyone survived the incident.

Reid was indicted on 10 charges in January of 2016.

There were 1,130 inmates at Sussex I State Prison as of July 2019, according to online data from the Virginia Department of Corrections.

Sussex 1 is located in rural Sussex County and is just over an hour away from Richmond.

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