Olive inmate killed; suspect known
W.Va. – A Mount Olive Correctional Complex inmate died late
Friday from wounds received during an assault by a fellow inmate.
Brian O’Neil Gifft, 40, died at the
outside hospital where he was taken following the 8:45 p.m. assault.
Investigators believe the other inmate assaulted Gifft with a makeshift weapon
that was recovered following the incident.
The inmate-on-inmate assault occurred in
one of the prison’s housing units. Identification of the suspect is pending
completion of the investigation and filing of charges. Division of Corrections
and Rehabilitation investigators will turn over their findings to the W.Va.
State Police, which responded to the facility Friday.
Gifft was serving a life sentence with the
possibility of parole for a 2016 murder in Jefferson County.