Joenell L. Rice has been indicted on charges of voluntary manslaughter and assault

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Officials say an inmate in federal prison has been charged in the death of another inmate in West Virginia.

Acting U.S. Attorney Randolph J. Bernard said in a statement on Thursday that 34-year-old Joenell L. Rice was indicted on charges of voluntary manslaughter and assault in the 2017 death of an inmate at U.S. Penitentiary Hazelton in Bruceton Mills.

The statement said Rice is accused of hitting an inmate identified only as “D.G.” in the head multiple times, killing him.

Rice faces up to 15 years in prison on the manslaughter charge and up to 10 years on the assault charge if convicted.

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