Recent Ore. prison shooting follows fatal beating

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ONTARIO, Ore. (AP) -- A newspaper reports that the recent wounding of an eastern Oregon prison inmate by a guard trying to break up a prison yard fight follows a fatal beating that took place in May at the same prison.

Malheur County District Attorney Dan Norris said Tuesday that 54-year-old inmate Chris Lange was attacked and killed May 21 in a recreation yard at the Snake River Correctional Institution near Ontario, Ore. Norris tells The Oregonian (http://bit.ly/nHCOoE) that a murder charge against another inmate is expected.

Oregon Corrections Department spokeswoman Jeanine Hohn says her department apparently didn't issue a statewide news release about Lange's death.

In last Thursday's case, 21-year-old inmate Kevin Jackson was shot and wounded by a corrections officer firing from a guard tower. State corrections officials have said the unidentified guard fired to break up a recreation yard fight involving three inmates. Few details have been disclosed.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com