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Florida inmate beaten to death over food debt

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Posted at 6:39 AM, Apr 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-10 06:39:33-04

BARTOW, Fla. — Officials say a Florida jail inmate was beaten to death over a food debt by two other inmates.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office says 30-year-old Shawn Holliday Jr. suffered severe trauma to his head during a fight Tuesday at the county jail and died Wednesday at a Lakeland hospital.

The Ledger reports that 20-year-old Brett Crosby and 41-year-old Christopher Jackson were charged Wednesday with first-degree murder.

Two detention deputies say they saw all three inmates fighting on a second-story walkway of a maximum security dorm for violent inmates. As they ran to break up the fight, they said Crosby was stomping on Holliday’s head.