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Prisoner believed to be killed by cellmate at Red Onion State facility

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Published: Jul. 3, 2020 at 9:56 PM EDT
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WISE COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - A man died Friday at Dickenson Community Hospital after apparently being murdered by his cellmate.

According to the Virginia Department of Corrections, the 47-year-old victim was in the general population at Red Onion State Prison in Wise County, and serving a life sentence with no parole for first-degree murder.

The suspect is 54, and serving a life sentence for first-degree murder, second-degree murder, carjacking and robbery.

The name of the victim is being kept confidential until the Department of Corrections tries to reach family.

Click here for Virginia Department of Corrections updates.

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