Virginia prison inmate dies in apparent attack by cellmate

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POUND, Va. (AP) – Officials say an inmate at a Virginia prison who died Friday apparently was killed by his cellmate.

The Virginia Department of Corrections said in a news release that the 47-year-old inmate who died was serving a life sentence at Red Onion State Prison in Pound, Virginia, without the possibility of parole for a first-degree murder conviction. The 54-year old cellmate suspected of attacking the inmate is serving a life sentence for first-degree murder, second-degree murder, carjacking and robbery convictions.

The department didn’t immediately release the name of either inmate. It said the man’s death was being investigated as a homicide.

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