September 9, 2011
State prison officials say an inmate at Red Onion State Prison has died after being attacked by another prisoner.
The Virginia Department of Corrections says in a news release that the incident occurred in a cell at the Wise County prison early Tuesday afternoon. Kawaski Bass died early the next morning at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
The 31-year-old Bass was serving a 65-year, 9-month sentence for 1998 and 1999 convictions in Newport News and Spotsylvania, Hanover and Henrico counties. The convictions included robbery, use of a firearm, carjacking, assault and battery and conspiracy.
No information was released about the suspected assailant. Nobody else was injured, and the prison is operating under normal conditions.
State police are investigating.