Prison officials: Inmate killed in apparent attack in cell

November 21, 2021 GMT

BIG STONE GAP, Va. (AP) — A inmate at a Virginia prison died Saturday after another prisoner apparently attacked him in a cell, authorities said.

The Virginia Department of Corrections said in a news release that the 47-year-old inmate at Wallens Ridge State Prison was pronounced dead at Lonesome Pine Hospital in Big Stone Gap.

The inmate who died was serving multiple life sentences for sex crimes, including rape, the news release says.

The inmate suspected of killing him is serving a life sentence for murder, according to the corrections department.

Their names weren’t immediately released. No charges were immediately reported.