LAWRENCEVILLE, Va. (WRIC) — An inmate at Lawrenceville Correctional Center has died after being attacked in their cell by another inmate Tuesday night, the Virginia Department of Corrections said.
VADOC said the victim was a 63-year-old man who was serving a 26-year sentence for crimes including forcible sodomy and aggravated sexual battery.
The suspect is serving a 22-year sentence for crimes including robbery, malicious wounding and assault by an inmate or probationer on an employee.
Officials said the incident is being investigated as a homicide.
Lawrenceville Correctional Center is Virginia’s only privatized prison and is operated by The GEO Group, Inc.
Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D-31 of Woodbridge) released the following statement to 8News:
“This tragedy speaks to the need to eliminate private prisons in the Commonwealth of Virginia. I’ve advocated for the Commonwealth to investigate any potential breaches of the contract from GEO Group, the administrator of the Lawrenceville Correctional Facility.
I’ve received many constituent requests to investigate the poor conditions at Lawrenceville, from the family members of those incarcerated there. I’m deeply concerned about the conditions there and I believe it’s more important now than ever to study our contract there immediately. I offer my condolences to the victim’s family.”