Inmate killed, body mutilated by cellmate at Florida prison

LAKE CITY, Fla. (AP) — An inmate at a Florida prison strangled his cellmate, gouged the body’s eyes and then strung the dead inmate’s ear around his neck.

The Miami Herald reported that Larry Mark was killed early Thursday at Columbia Correctional Institution, just hours before an unrelated gang fight erupted in another building at the prison located in Lake City, Florida.

It wasn’t until the inmate walked into the prison’s chow hall with Mark’s ear around his neck that officers realized something was wrong. The inmate reportedly saved Mark’s eyeballs in a cup, and told other prisoners that he planned on eating them at a later time.

Corrections officials say the prison houses some of the most violent inmates in the state.

A Department of Corrections spokesman says Mark had been serving a life sentence for a 1981 murder.

Neither the corrections agency nor the Florida Department of Law Enforcement provided the name of the attacker.

Two sources told the Herald that the cellmate became angry with Mark for pestering him.

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