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1 dead, several hurt in gang fight at federal prison

August 7, 2019

WILDWOOD, Fla. (AP) — Officials say one inmate died and several others were injured in a gang fight at a federal prison in Florida.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons said in a statement that longstanding tensions between rival gangs led to “an altercation between multiple inmates” Sunday in a high-security unit of the Federal Correctional Complex-Coleman.

Prison officials say 39-year old Troi Venable died at a hospital. He was serving a 17-year prison sentence for assault with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Prison spokesman Dale Grafton said no staff members were hurt.

Union leader and guard Joe Rojas tells the Orlando Sentinel the fight was between a primarily African American gang and a white supremacist gang. He says a white inmate stabbed Venable with a homemade knife.

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