by Mindy Aguon
Guam - An inmate at the Department of Corrections who was behind bars for murder was killed on Wednesday night at the Mangilao compound. KUAM News has confirmed that a male inmate was killed by another inmate. Both were housed at the Minimum Security Housing Unit. DepCor Director J.B. Palacios confirms the incident happened around 11:00 Wednesday night.
He could not provide many specifics because the Guam Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division is taking the lead on the murder investigation. DepCor's Special Operations Response Team was also activated following the incident and 43 other inmates housed in the same unit had to be moved into the main facility to ensure the integrity of the crime scene.
Palacios would not provide names of the two inmates, only confirming that the victim was nearing release as he was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole for murder. The other inmate, who the director says admitted to killing the other man, was also in for murder sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Despite what happened this morning, Palacios stresses that at no time was the general public or anyone else in any danger. Palacios could not confirm the type of weapon used in the murder, although KUAM News sources say the victim was stabbed to death. The director also couldn't say how the inmate was able to get his hands on such a weapon.
Agents with GPD's CID has now taken over the matter to investigate and they have one individual in their custody at this time.
The entire facility is on lockdown and all visitation and activities have been canceled until the investigation is completed.