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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Comments (10)
  1. Infidel says:

    This is where the death penalty is non-negociable.

  2. Daniel says:

    Hang the Criminal in front of his family!

  3. Jib says:

    Execution tonight!!!

  4. Victor Barney says:

    And, Florida has the DEATH penality! Hello! YOU CAN’T FIX STUPID, AS RON WHITE made famous!

  5. Todd Blake Harris says:

    Dispose of this demented monster !

  6. daniel says:

    i’m and correctional officer in north florida, and this makes me sick we put our lives on the line everyday for little pay. and all the governor wants to do is take from us. we are so under staffed that it wont be surprised if more of this happens. rest in peace brother…

  7. John says:

    you just can’t take the rabid dog out of these people!
    Send them back to where they belong with their own species.

  8. martha says:

    the sad part in jail every body is treated the same if lic suspended or you kill, they are treated good.

  9. charles says:

    Despite the feelings of anger and sadness that i feel for what happened to my fellow correctional officer, let me take a moment to express my deepest sympathy for Sgt. Thomas’ family!

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