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Prison Inmate Slain While Leaving Columbus In Transport Van

Ross Correctional Institution

A prosecutor says a inmate from the Ross County Correctional Institution was strangled while riding in a transport van with other prisoners and guards inside.

Ross County Prosecutor Matthew Schmidt says guards on the vans apparently cannot see the inmates.

Schmidt says the van was leaving Columbus and headed back to the Chillicothe prison when the slaying happened Wednesday afternoon.

Schmidt says the slain inmate had been taken to Columbus for medical treatment.

The Ross County Coroner's Office on Monday identified the slain inmate as 61-year-old David Johnson. Prison records say he was serving an eight-year sentence for sexual battery out of Franklin County.

The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction declined to comment and referred questions to the state patrol.