Inmate dies in attack at Northern NV Correctional Center

Burton photo courtesy NDOC
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CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) - The Nevada Department of Corrections reports one inmate is dead after an attack at Northern Nevada Correction Center in Carson City.

About 3:30PM May 15, 2018, corrections spokeswoman Brooke Keast says, an inmate doing a life sentence for first-degree murder attacked another inmate with a prison-made weapon. Thayer Joseph Burton was attacked and stabbed in a hallway area of the housing unit, and was pronounced dead about half an hour later, after correctional officers and medical staff administered first aid.

An autopsy will be scheduled.

Investigators have identified the suspect, whose name has not yet been released.

Burton was committed from Clark County September 14, 2009. He was
sentenced to Life for Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Conspiracy to Commit Violent Crime, Robbery, Murder First-Degree and Use of a Deadly Weapon Enhancement.

Gene Columbus, President of the Nevada Corrections Association, says, "The legislatively approved post chart reflects that 2 officers should have been assigned to that particular unit that time of day. Because of the money restraints imposed by the Governor and the politicians downtown, there was only one.

He continues, "Although more staff was approved by the legislature last session, it was only a drop in the bucket for what is realistically needed to staff our institutions and further keep staff and inmates safe. The Governor and politicians know what the problems are, but they refuse to act, and continue the dangerous practice of drawing a line between money and the security of prisons."