Inmate killed in attack at Jessup prison

A 26-year-old inmate at a state prison in Jessup died Friday after he was found with severe head injuries on Thursday night, Maryland State Police said.

Javaughn A. Young was found lying on a walkway in a wing of the Maryland Correctional Institution about 7 p.m., after another inmate alerted correctional officers that an inmate needed assistance, police said. More than 60 inmates are housed in the wing.

The officers found Young with severe head trauma and called for medical assistance, police said. An ambulance took Young to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died at 12:15 p.m. Friday, police said.

Another inmate is suspected in the attack, police said.

Court records show Young, whose last address is listed as Staten Island, N.Y., and who had previously lived in Hagerstown, was appealing a sentence of nearly 10 years he received in February 2012 for two counts of second-degree assault and one count of false imprisonment.

He'd previously served time behind bars for negligent vehicular manslaughter.

State police investigate all homicides in state prisons and are interviewing other inmates in the wing, police said. A forensics team also responded and collected evidence from the scene of the attack, police said. Young's body has been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, where the official cause and manner of his death will be determined, police said.

An internal corrections investigation also is underway, police said.

Once the investigations are complete, evidence will be presented to the Anne Arundel County State's Attorney's Office, which will determine charges.

Young's death marks the seventh killing in state prisons in as many months, a spike compared to recent yearly homicide totals.

Nonfatal assaults have been trending down in recent years.

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