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Colorado: Two killed in prison fight

FLORENCE, Colorado ” An inmate fight believed linked to racism at a federal prison in Colorado has led to the deaths of two people and injuries to at least five others.

U.S. Attorney Troy Eid said authorities believe the fight started when white supremacist inmates targeted minorities on Adolf Hitler’s birthday.

The violence broke out Sunday afternoon in the recreation yard of the U.S. Penitentiary in Florence.

The inmates’ names were not immediately released. Five were taken to hospitals with undisclosed injuries.

Bureau of Prisons spokeswoman Traci Billingsley said no staff members were hurt.

The U.S. Penitentiary is one of three prisons in the Florence Federal Correctional Complex about 90 miles south of Denver.

The others are the Federal Correctional Institution and the so-called “Supermax” penitentiary.

Supermax inmates include Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski and Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui.

The U.S. Penitentiary, a high-security prison for male inmates, is the second-highest security prison at the complex.

The U.S. Penitentiary, a high-security prison for male inmates, is the second-highest security prison at the complex.

In January 2007, seven correctional officers at the U.S. Penitentiary were injured in an inmate disturbance.

In 1999, inmate Joey Estrella was found strangled, with his neck slashed and some of his organs removed.

Two cousins who shared his cell were charged with first-degree murder. One was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. The trial of the second got under way last week.


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