WISE COUNTY, Va. -- An inmate at Red Onion State Prison died Friday following an apparent attack by his cellmate, according to Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) officials said.
The 47-year old male inmate was pronounced dead at Dickenson Community Hospital at 6:49 p.m. The inmate was in general population, serving a life sentence without parole for first-degree murder.
His name is being withheld while the VADOC attempts to reach his next of kin.
The offender’s 54-year old cellmate is serving a life sentence for first-degree murder, second-degree murder, carjacking and robbery.
The incident is being investigated as a homicide.