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Inmate at Virginia prison killed after attack

Inmate with ‘homemade weapon’ attacks; 2 Red Onion State Prison guards hospitalized
Posted at 9:19 PM, Jul 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-04 16:45:14-04

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.