9-17-2009 West Virginia:
Officials say it stemmed from an inmate on inmate fight.
GREENWOOD -- State Police and the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety are investigating an inmate death at the North Central Regional Jail.
It happened just after 6:30 Tuesday morning.
Darryl Burton, 43, of Clarksburg, died in an ambulance on the way to the hospital, after getting into a fight with an inmate, according to Joe Thornton, Deputy Cabinet Secretary for the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety.
That inmate, is Joshua Whitehair, 21, of Morgantown, according to State Police Sergeant Michael Baylous.
Whitehair was in the jail on charges of malicious assault, unlawful assault, and probation violation, Baylous says.
Morgantown Police arrested Whitehair last October for allegedly stabbing his mother in the side after an argument.
At the time of the arrest, officers said Whitehair was already on probation on a different malicious wounding charge.
Burton's body has been sent to the Office of the Medical Examiner for autopsy, Thornton says, and until that report is finished, officials aren't sure what Burton's cause of death was.
The department will decide if corrections officers adhered correctly to policy and procedure, Thornton says.
"When you're in a jail situation, inmates will be around each other," Thornton says. "It's virtually impossible to prevent any kind of altercation."
Burton was sentenced to ten to twenty years in March for sexual abuse by parent, guardian, or custodian, according to Thornton.
He wouldn't have been eligible for parole until October 26, 2018. ..Source.. by Jessika Lewis