State prison inmate dies following apparent attack by cellmate

State prison inmate dies following apparent attack by cellmate
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POUND, Va. (WWBT) - An inmate has died following an apparent attack by his cellmate at the Red Onion State Prison in Pound.

Officials said the 47-year-old inmate was pronounced dead at Dickenson Community Hospital at 6:49 p.m.

VADOC said the inmate was in the general population, serving a life sentence without parole for first-degree murder. His name is being withheld until the next of kin has been notified.

The inmate’s cellmate is a 54-year old serving a life sentence for first-degree murder, second-degree murder, carjacking and robbery.

The incident is being investigated as a homicide.

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