Criminal Justice

Inmate dies after a fight in Beaumont’s high security federal prison

An inmate sustained life-threatening injuries after a fight in the United States Penitentiary Beaumont, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Federal Bureau of Prisons
The USP Beaumont facility.

An inmate died following a fight within Beaumont’s high security federal prison on Sunday, prison officials said.

At around 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning, 35-year-old Erick Jermaine Leday sustained “life-threatening injuries” after a fight with a fellow inmate in the United States Penitentiary Beaumont, according to a statement from the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Leday was brought to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced deceased by hospital staff, the statement read. The second inmate was “medically assessed and treated for minor injuries at the facility,” according to the statement.

“The Federal Bureau of Investigation was notified. No staff or other inmates were injured and at no time was the public in danger,” the statement read.

Leday was serving a 37-month sentence and had been in custody since February 2021.

As of Monday, visitations at the USP Beaumont facility were suspended until further notice. The high security facility houses a total of 1,368 male inmates, according the Bureau of Prisons website.

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