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Suspect In Lucasville Prison Guard Stabbing Has History Of Crime Behind Bars

Prison cell
Michael Coghlan

Ohio prison officials say an inmate suspected of stabbing a prison guard this week is the same inmate who killed a fellow inmate inside a prison transport van leaving Columbus last year.

Prison officials say Chillicothe native Casey Pigge is suspected of helping another inmate, Greg Reinke, stab Corrections Officer Matthew Mathias at least 30 times at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville.

Mathias’ wife posted on Facebook that her husband suffered injuries including a collapsed lung, but is expected to survive.

The prison remained on lockdown on Wednesday. Pigge has since been transferred to a prison in Youngstown.

Pigge, 30, has been in prison since 2009, when he was convicted of killing Rhonda Summers, the mother of his ex-girlfriend, a year earlier in Chillicothe. He was sentenced to 41-years-to-life.

In 2016, prison officials say Pigge killed his cellmate, Luther Wade, by beating him to death with a cinder block. For that crime, he was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

Pigge had previously told prison officials he wanted a cell to himself because he feared being attacked. He said killed Wade to show prison officials he was serious. 

In February 2017, minutes after pleading guilty to killing Wade, prison officials say Pigge killed fellow inmate David Johnson inside a prison transport van that was traveling from Columbus to Ross Correctional Institution.

That killing earned him another 25-years-to-life.