New information released in death of Martin County inmate

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email
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INEZ, Ky. (WYMT) - The United States Department of Justice has released more information, including a victim's name, following an incident at a federal prison.

See below for the entire release.

On December 2, 2013, at approximately 3:15 p.m., an incident occurred between multiple inmates in a housing unit at the United States Penitentiary, Big Sandy, Kentucky.

Staff immediately responded to the area. Inmate Gregory Kittle was transported to a local area hospital for treatment of life threatening injuries. He was subsequently pronounced dead at 4:28 p.m. The FBI was notified, and an investigation continues. An autopsy has been ordered.

Inmate Gregory Kittle was a 32-year old male serving a 113-month sentence for simple assault, assault with intention to kill, assault on law enforcement officer, threats to injure a person, and possession of a firearm. He was sentenced in the District of Columbia Superior Court, and had been in custody at USP Big Sandy since October of 2012.

No staff or other inmates were injured. The institution was placed on lockdown status. All inmates are secured with no threat to the public.


Officials say foul play is suspected in the death of an inmate at a federal prison in Kentucky.

Prison officials at the United State Penitentiary Big Sandy in Martin County say just after 3:00 Monday afternoon an incident occurred between multiple inmates in a housing unit.

One of the inmates was taken to a hospital in Prestonsburg with life threatening injuries, and the prison was placed on lock down.

The Floyd County Coroner confirms the inmate died around 5:00 p.m. Monday. The U.S. Penitentiary Big Sandy inmate was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Officials have not released the name of the inmate yet.

No staff or other inmates were hurt.

The FBI is investigating the incident.

We will continue to follow this story and provide details as they become available.

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