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Maury Correctional inmate dies after prison fight

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HOOKERTON — Authorities say a Maury Correctional Institution inmate died Friday in a fight with another inmate at the state prison in Greene County.

Andre A. Young-Johnson, 23, was pronounced dead at 9:01 a.m. after being struck with a homemade weapon in a housing unit around 8:30 a.m., according to N.C. Department of Public Safety spokesman John Bull.

Prison staff provided medical attention and alerted local law enforcement and medics.

Young-Johnson was serving a 25-year sentence for second-degree murder in Mecklenburg County. He was a close-custody offender housed with the regular population, Bull said in a news release. He was admitted to prison in March 2018.

The other inmate involved in the fight was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. State officials have not named him.

Greene County sheriff’s deputies and N.C. Department of Public Safety officials are conducting parallel investigations into Young-Johnson’s death.

Opened in April 2006 outside Hookerton, Maury Correctional is a men’s prison with 1,000 beds for close-custody offenders and 504 beds for medium-security inmates.

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