A union official at the Coleman federal penitentiary in Central Florida says one inmate is dead and another is on “life support” following an outbreak of violence between black and white prisoners Sunday night.
Troi Venable, 39, has been identified as the inmate who was killed. He was serving a 17-year term for assault and gun possession by a felon, according to USA Today.
The entire Coleman Complex I, which houses more than 1,300 inmates and is part of what has been described as the largest high-security facility in the nation, remains on lockdown following the fight that took place on Sunday. The building is located in Sumter County near Wildwood, about 35 miles south of Ocala.
Another inmate is on life support, and three others have had surgery following the brawl, according to Joe Rojas, who heads the prison workers union at Coleman.
“It was black vs. white,” Rojas told the Florida Phoenix.
The Coleman 1 penitentiary is a high security prison that is part of the Coleman Federal Correctional Complex. According to the website PrisonPro, the facility was designed to carry up to 960 male offenders, however it currently holds nearly 1,300 inmates.
The facility is where infamous gangster Whitey Bulger was incarcerated until his complaints about his health ultimately led to a transfer to a West Virginia prison, where he was murdered last fall within hours of his arrival.