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Inmate dies after assault at Utah State Prison

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Posted at 12:32 PM, Mar 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-15 14:44:01-04

DRAPER, Utah — A Utah State Prison inmate has died after he was assaulted Monday.

Jeffrey Ray Vigil, 24, was assaulted by another inmate in a common area of the Oquirrh 1 housing unit around 6 p.m. Monday, according to a statement from the Utah Department of Corrections.

Vigil was treated at the prison, then taken to a hospital, where he died of his injuries around 7:30 Tuesday morning, the statement said.

The Unified Police Department is conducting an investigation into the assault. The name of the assault suspect has not been released.

Det. Jared Richardson of the Unified Police Department said Vigil was kicked and punched in his torso and head.  An autopsy will be performed by the Utah State Office of the Medical Examiner, which will help police to determine whether or not any weapons may have been used in the assault.

Richardson said there is one person being questioned about a potential role in the assault.

Vigil had been incarcerated since June 2, 2015 for a parole violation. According to the statement, his criminal history includes convictions for theft by receiving stolen property, failure to stop at the command of a police officer, possession of a forgery device and possession/use of a controlled substance.

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