Jackson County inmate dies after punch from fellow inmate

Anthony Eugene Moore (Photo source: Jackson Co. Sheriff's Dept.)
Anthony Eugene Moore (Photo source: Jackson Co. Sheriff's Dept.)
Dionte R. Jones (Photo source: Jackson Co. Sheriff's Dept.)
Dionte R. Jones (Photo source: Jackson Co. Sheriff's Dept.)

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - A Jackson County inmate who has been in critical condition since getting punched by another inmate Sunday night has died.

Anthony Eugene Moore, 46, died Monday, less than 24 hours after the incident inside the walls of the Jackson County Adult Detention Center.

According to Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd, another inmate, 19-year-old Dionte R. Jones was arguing on the phone with a family member when Moore walked by him during the end of his call. Byrd said that's when Jones punched Moore in the jaw.

"After viewing the videotape, he was struck by a another inmate upside the face and which knocked him to the ground," Sheriff Mike Byrd explained.

Moore was transported to Singing River Hospital for treatment.

County supervisors, including Troy Ross, are concerned about the incident.

"This board of supervisors will work with the sheriff's department to make sure we can install the proper safety precautions and make sure he has the resources he needs to make sure that things like this don't happen in the future," Ross said.

Another supervisor, Melton Harris, feels more communication is needed at times like this.

"We would prefer to know beforehand, before some of this information gets to us from the news and from the streets. We've asked the sheriff to come and talk with us more," Harris said.

Dionte Jones is now locked down in isolation at the jail. Officials promised if Moore died, Jones would be charged with manslaughter.

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