TDCJ Inmate Dies Following Walker County Riot

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A Texas Department of Criminal Justice official says an inmate who suffered a serious head injury at the Estelle Unit, during a fight has died from his injuries.

42-year-old, Billy Delosantos was allegedly involved in a riot at the Walker County medium security unit between Hispanic and African American inmates. A preliminary investigation has indicated 73 prisoners took part in the July 31st incident.

TDCJ officials say to regain control of the unit, chemicals were used by prison guards and the the fight was quickly broken up, but afterwards, Delosantos who was found critically injured was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. Delosantos died Tuesday afternoon.

The Office of Inspector General is investigating the incident and so far, the reason for the disturbance has not been released.

Delosantos was serving a 5 year prison sentence for the aggravated robbery of an elderly person from Harris County.