Corrections officers witnessed the incident and intervened, and Lafond and Widdison stopped the attack, but by then the victim was unconscious. The victim, whose name was not released, was transported to the hospital, but never regained consciousness and died April 5, 2011.
According to evidence during the trial, LaFond, of New Bedford, Mass., and Widdison, of Morgan, Utah, pressured the victim to take any steps necessary to be reassigned to another cell. The inmate’s refusal to comply with LaFond and Widdison violated the prison gang code, Yates said.
Sentencing details for the pair was not released.