JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – An inmate was killed early Thursday morning at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman.
According to Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) Commissioner Burl Cain, corrections officers reported the incident happened around 2:00 a.m.
The victim had been incarcerated for a total of four years. The Sunflower County coroner identified the inmate as Raymond Coffey, of Lafayette County.
“Based on the information we have thus far, the killing appears to be gang related,” said Cain. “We’ve been working diligently over the last three years to eradicate gangs from our prisons. We are making significant progress as we have reduced gang membership by hundreds and their numbers continue to dwindle. MDOC will continue to use every available tool at our disposal to clamp down on illicit and gang activity inside of Mississippi’s prisons.”
Investigators with the Corrections Investigative Division of MDOC are investigating the incident.
Officials said the attackers were apprehended with video evidence. The matter will be referred to the district attorney for criminal prosecution.