Sunday, January 17, 2010

Inmate sentenced to death for killing guard

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- A Florida inmate has been sentenced to death for killing a Daytona Beach corrections officer.

A jury had recommended the death penalty for 40-year-old Enoch Hall in October, and a judge followed that recommendation on Friday. Hall was already serving two life sentences in the sexual battery and kidnapping of a 66-year-old woman.

Hall stabbed 50-year-old Donna Fitzgerald 22 times with sheet metal in 2008, the first fatal attack on a Florida guard in five years.

Fitzgerald was alone while supervising Hall and others in an inmate work program. An investigation determined Hall may not have been eligible for the program and Fitzgerald should've had a radio or body alarm to summon help.

The prison has since hired a new warden.

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