Inmate Dies After Assault By Another Inmate In CO Penitentiary
An inmate died after being assaulted by another inmate at the Colorado State Penitentiary, according to reports from prison officials over the weekend.
The Colorado Department of Corrections said that a 23-year-old inmate at the Colorado State Penitentiary, located in Cañon City, died from injuries suffered during a physical assault by another inmate on Wednesday, August 4.
According to News5 (KOAA) via a department news release, 35-year-old Glen Young, an inmate, assaulted 23-year-old Gerardo Banda in the Management Control Unit of the prison.
The assault reportedly lasted about 15 seconds before corrections officers were able to gain control over the situation, secure the unit and provide medical attention to the injured inmate.
As per reports, Banda was taken via ambulance to St. Thomas Moore Hospital in Cañon City and was treated for the injuries he suffered as a result of the Wednesday morning incident.
Eventually, he was flown in a medical helicopter to Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs where he was pronounced dead on Thursday, August 5.
The Denver Post says the Office of the Inspector General for the Colorado Department of Corrections is investigating the incident and will coordinate with prosecutors regarding potential charges in this case.
No further information was provided regarding the incident, as the investigation is ongoing.
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