West Virginia inmate killed in assault by another prisoner
MOUNT OLIVE, W.Va. (AP) — An inmate at a maximum-security prison in West Virginia has been killed in an assault by another prisoner, authorities said.
Brian O’Neil Gifft, 40, died Friday after he was attacked in a Mount Olive Correctional Complex housing unit with a makeshift weapon that was later recovered, the West Virginia Department of Homeland Security said in a statement.
Gifft was serving a life sentence with the possibility of parole for a 2016 murder in Jefferson County.
The identity of the suspect was withheld pending completion of an investigation and the filing of charges, the statement said. Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation investigators will turn over their findings to state police, which responded to the incident.