Military prisoner who was at Fort Leavenworth dies
A military prisoner has died from injuries sustained when he was
assaulted by another military prisoner at the U.S. Disciplinary
Barracks at Fort Leavenworth.
A brief altercation between Michael Fricke — a trusty who had been
incarcerated for 16 years for murder — and another military prisoner
occurred on a secured recreation field at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks
about 2 p.m. Saturday while several inmates were playing sports, according to the fort's media relations department.
Fricke was struck with a baseball bat before his assailant was quickly
detained by corrections officers.
Fricke was evacuated by helicopter to a local medical facility. He died
around 11:50 a.m. Thursday after his family authorized taking him off
life support. The alleged assailant has been secured separate from other prisoners and the incident is still under investigation.
The USDB is the only maximum-security prison in the Department of
Defense. However it also houses minimum- and medium-security military prisoners from all branches of service.
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