Va. Inmate Dies After Attack

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.

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