Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps said “breaches in security” at the prison allowed 20-year-old Tyler Smith to fatally beat the other inmate, 35-year-old Clifton Majors, about 8 p.m. Sunday.
“We will take the necessary disciplinary action upon completion of our investigation,” Epps said in a statement.
Smith allegedly told investigators that he beat Majors because he feared Majors and others planned to harm him. Prison officials said there was no indication that a weapon was used in the incident.
Smith is serving a two-year sentence for a larceny conviction in Itawamba County. Majors was serving an 18-year sentence for convictions on charges that included burglary and armed robbery.
No charges were immediately filed against Smith in connection with Majors’ death.