6 inmates charged for attacking cell mate

Bonifilio Velazquez

ACCOMACK COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — Six inmates of the Accomack County Jail have been charged with felonies after investigators say they attacked another inmate.

The Accomack County Sheriff’s Office says the man charged in a recent fatal vehicle crash was assaulted while in prison on Labor Day. Now the following inmates have been issued felony warrants, charging them with malicious wounding by mob:

  • William Nelson, age 38
  • Rynell Omar Crippen, age 25
  • Dalbert Nedab Jr., age 39
  • Lamonty Demetris Johnson, age 20
  • Rhyheem Rashawn Ridley, age 24
  • Christopher Antonio Smith, age 42

The victim, 36-year-old Bonifilio Velazquez, is being held without bond in the Accomack County Jail, charged with DUI and three counts of involuntary manslaughter. The charges stem from a head-on collision in the town of Keller on the Eastern Shore that killed three people and sent three others to the hospital.

According to Sheriff Todd Godwin, Velazquez was assaulted by his cell mates at the jail. He was injured to the point of having to be taken to a medical facility for treatment. Officials say he will recover.

Godwin said the investigation into the assault is continuing.

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