Inmate Kills Guard At Federal Prison

WAYMART, Pa. (February 26, 2013)—A guard who was killed at a federal prison in northeastern Pennsylvania suffered blunt head and neck trauma and multiple stab wounds and cuts, Lackawanna County, Pa., Coroner Timothy Rowland said.

Monday night's death of Eric Williams, 34, was a homicide, Rowland said after an autopsy was performed Tuesday.

The corrections officer was working in a housing unit when an inmate attacked him with a homemade weapon, corrections officials said.

Authorities have not identified the prisoner involved.

Williams is the first federal prison guard in nearly five years to be killed on the job.

The high-security Canaan penitentiary is about 20 miles northeast of Scranton, Pa.

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