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Inmate dies after assault

A 34-year-old man is dead following an assault at Piedmont Regional Jail (PRJ) in Farmville.

Virginia State Police says Jason P. Sisson died Aug. 22 after being allegedly assaulted by George M. Chute, a 35-year-old inmate.

Chute faces a charge of malicious wounding, according to police.

“The charges are the result of an investigation by the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Appomattox Field Office, in conjunction with authorities from the Piedmont Regional Jail,” State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said. “The investigation stemmed from an assault which occurred at the jail on Aug. 12.”

She said the State Police investigation was initiated Aug. 21 at the request of Prince Edward County Commonwealth’s Attorney Megan Clark.

Sisson was an inmate at the jail at the time of his death.