Inmate Accused Of Killing Fla. Prison Guard

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — A correctional officer in a north Florida prison has been killed by an inmate, according to the Department of Corrections.

Authorities on Monday said 24-year-old Sgt. Ruben Thomas was fatally stabbed by a handmade weapon at Columbia Correctional Institution near Lake City.

A second guard, William Brewer, was injured during the attack Sunday night. Brewer was treated at a hospital and released.

Inmate Richard Franklin, 37, was accused of attacking the guards.

He is serving a life sentence for several charges, including the 2004 murder of a Bethune-Cookman College student in Daytona Beach, battery on a law enforcement officer and escape.

Franklin will be transferred to a maximum security prison, and the killing will be investigated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Thomas, a six-year veteran, had a young daughter and was engaged to be married.

Gov. Rick Scott said in a statement that he was saddened by the death and offered condolences to the victim’s family and co-workers.

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