Inmate death at Big Sandy under investigation

Staff Report

December 6, 2013

Staff report

News reports say the FBI is investigating the death of a 32-year-old inmate at a federal prison in Martin County.

A statement by the U.S. Department of Justice says Gregory Kittle died of his injuries Monday, after he was involved in an “incident” involving other inmates in a housing unit at the Big Sandy prison.

WYM-TV reported Floyd County Coroner Greg Nelson said the inmate was brought to Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg and that Nelson said he was called about the death shortly before 5 p.m. Monday. According to the report, the coroner said the inmate had injuries, but he could not provide details because of the investigation.

Kittle had been at the prison since October 2012. He was serving a 113-month sentence handed down by the District of Columbia Superior Court for simple assault, assault with intent to kill, assault on a law enforcement officer, threats to injure a person and possession of a firearm.

Big Sandy is a high-security prison housing male inmates, and there is a minimum-security prison adjoining the facility.

Big Sandy is known for housing high-profile inmates, and up to a third of the prison’s 1,445 inmates may have been convicted in Washington, D.C., since the Federal Bureau of Prisons automatically takes custody of people convicted in the city.

Many inmates are sent there because they have been convicted of violent crimes and are serving long sentences.

There have been reports of several violent incidents at Big Sandy since it opened in 2003. Two inmates were killed in inmate-related incidents, one in October 2006 and another in January 2009.