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Inmate Killed Inside USP Canaan

CANAAN TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Federal authorities are investigating after an inmate at the United States Penitentiary in Wayne County was killed this week. Autho...

CANAAN TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Federal authorities are investigating after an inmate at the United States Penitentiary in Wayne County was killed this week.

Authorities at USP Canaan say Ricardo Martinez, 76, was killed Tuesday at the federal prison near Waymart.

The coroner say Martinez died as a result of injuries from an assault. His death was ruled a homicide.

His attacker has not been identified, but authorities believe the victim was killed by a fellow inmate.

The prison has a history of violence against both guards and inmates.

Three weeks ago, five corrections officers had to be hospitalized after being exposed to drugs they were trying to confiscate.

In 2018, an inmate was charged with assaulting two fellow inmates.

Back in 2013, corrections officer Eric Williams was killed by an inmate after being stabbed more than 200 times.

Agents with the Federal Bureau of Prisons are looking into the deadly attack here in Wayne County.