Sex offender beaten to death in prison riot

AGASSIZ, B.C. — One inmate is dead and a lockdown is in place after a major disturbance at Mountain Institution, a medium security prison in Agassiz, B.C. Saturday night.

At about 9:45 p.m., a number of inmates rioted in the compound’s gymnasium, breaking windows, threatening staff members and engaging in inmate on inmate violence, said Correctional Services of Canadas spokesman Dave Lefebvre.

Michael Andrew Gibbons, 39, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the institution following the late night violence.

Gibbons, deemed a dangerous offender, was serving an indeterminate sentence for sex offences. A second inmate was transported to an outside hospital, said Lefebvre. No prison staff were injured.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team is investigating the cause of Gibbons’ death, while Correctional Services of Canada will investigate the cause of the disturbance.

The lockdown at the 442-inmate facility, which includes cleaning up damages to the facility and a cell-by-cell search for contraband, will last indefinitely, Lefebvre said.


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