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July 16, 2011

Pendleton Correctional on lockdown after fatal attack

Officials: Inmate died from stab wounds

PENDLETON, Ind. — An inmate at the Pendleton Correctional Facility died at Saint John’s Medical Center Saturday morning after he was attacked and stabbed by two other inmates, facility Superintendent Keith Butts said.

Daniel D. Dewitt, 35, of Columbus, was attacked around 6:30 a.m. Saturday while the inmates housed in the facility’s “H Cell House” were being released for gym recreation, according to a press release from the facility.

After the early morning attack, Dewitt was immediately transported to the prison’s Health Care Center for emergency treatment and then transported by ambulance to Saint John’s, where he was pronounced dead just after 8 a.m.

Dewitt arrived at the Pendleton facility on Jan. 14 and was serving a 17-year sentence for dealing in a controlled substance and a 10-year sentence for felon in possession of a firearm. He was sentenced in Bartholomew County with a projected release date of November 2017, according to the release.

The attack remains under investigation by state police and Pendleton Correctional police officers. The two inmates suspected in the attack have been put into segregation.

The maximum security portion of the facility has been put on lockdown status with visits stopped until further notice. The lockdown won’t include the minimum security dorms outside of the walls of the facility. Those units, at this time, will continue to operate normally, according to the release.

Dewitt’s body will be transported to Ball Memorial Hospital for an autopsy, the release stated.

Contact Abbey Doyle, 640-4805, abbey.doyle@heraldbulletin.com.

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