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Mount Olive inmate killed by another inmate with a makeshift weapon

Published: Nov. 21, 2020 at 11:36 AM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va (WDTV) - According to a release by the West Virginia Department of Homeland Security, a Mount Olive Correctional Complex inmate died Friday after he was assaulted by another inmate.

40-year-old Brian O’Neil Gifft was taken to a hospital outside of the prison just before 9 p.m. Friday night. Investigators say he was likely attacked with a makeshift weapon.

The assault happened in one of the prison’s housing units and the suspected killer will be named after charges will be filed. Staff say they have a suspect.

Gifft was serving a life sentence for a 2016 murder in Jefferson County.

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