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West Virginia prison inmate killed in fight

U.S. Bureau of Prisons says Ian Thorne, 48, was killed in a fight Monday with another prison inmate at a federal prison in Hazelton in Preston County. (Bing Map)

An inmate was killed in a fight and another treated for minor injuries at the federal prison in Hazelton in West Virginia, and issues about staffing are again being raised.

The Dominion Post reported Ian Thorne, 48, was killed in a fight Monday with another prison inmate.

A U.S. Bureau of Prisons release said Thorne was serving a 20-year sentence for conspiracy to commit murder and had been at the facility since Jan. 16.

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin said he believes this would not have happened if staffing was kept at adequate levels to keep prisons and correctional officers safe.

The BOP has said it is eliminating some authorized positions, which were identified as part of an effort to right-size their authorized staffing levels in light of a significant decrease in the inmate population.

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