JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri inmate has died after being beaten by his cellmate at the Jefferson City Correctional Center.
The Cole County sheriff's office said Tuesday that 35-year-old Mark Melton was assaulted Aug. 9 and taken to University Hospital in Columbia. The sheriff's office said Melton died Sunday as a result of his injuries, and the case has now been classified as a homicide.
The sheriff's office said the cellmate is a 33-year-old man serving sentences for second-degree murder and armed criminal action.
Melton was from the southeast Missouri town of Malden. He pleaded guilty in 2009 to attempted first-degree sodomy and was sentenced in Dunklin County Circuit Court to nine years in prison.
An autopsy was performed Monday, but the sheriff's office says results will not be ready for several weeks.
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