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Military prisoner who was at Fort Leavenworth dies

July 30, 2010

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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