ATLANTA -- Two federal inmates were indicted on Thursday for killing another inmate in 2011 at the U.S. Penitentiary in Atlanta.
According to Bob Page, spokesman for office of U. S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates, Donald Lafond, Jr. and Jason Widdison were exercising in the special housing unit recreation area within the prison. That day, on March 1, 2011 the two men were joined by another inmate, who tried to walk with them and make conversation.
After a short period of time, Yates said Lafond and Widdison started to punch the other inmate from the front and back. Soon, the victim fell to the ground and the men stomped on his head and neck, some ten times each.
Immediately after seeing the incident, corrections officers stepped in to intervene. By the time they got the two men to stop, the victim was already unconscious. He never regained consciousness, even after being cared for at a hospital. He died soon after on April 5.
"Offenders who commit violent acts like this must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," Yates said. "The Department of Justice and its Bureau of Prisons endeavors to protect the life and safety of every federal inmate. We remain vigilant and will do everything we can to ensure that prisons are as safe as possible for every inmate and employee."
Under the indictment, Lafond and Widdison were charged with aiding and abetting by one another and with malice aforethought and killing the victim by punching and stomping him.
Both men face a sentence of up to life in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.