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Prison inmate fatally beaten; investigation underway



An investigation is underway following the fatal weekend beating of a prison inmate at Santa Rosa Correctional Institution in the Panhandle. The Department of Corrections confirmed the death of Ricky Martin, 24, an inmate from Collier County who was serving time for burglary, grand theft with a firearm and trafficking in stolen property.

Prison spokeswoman Ann Howard confirmed Martin's death and said the case is being investigated by the state attorney's office and the prison system's inspector general. She declined further comment, citing the ongoing investigation.

Santa Rosa C.I. in Milton houses some of the state's most dangerous inmates, and was selected by the MSNBC cable network last year for several episodes of its Lockup series. The Pensacola News-Journal reported that a relative of Martin's posted on her Facebook account that Martin was beaten by his cellmate and died Sunday.  

[Last modified: Monday, April 9, 2012 4:31pm]


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