Prison officials ID inmate killed in apparent attack in cell

November 22, 2021 GMT

BIG STONE GAP, Va. (AP) — Authorities are identifying a Virginia inmate killed when another prisoner apparently attacked him in a cell as Gregory Pierce.

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

Pierce was serving multiple life sentences for sex crimes, including rape, officials said.

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

No charges were immediately reported. The incident remains under investigation, officials said.