"Dolphins Suck" Comment Leads to Death of an Inmate
|Dept. of Corrections|
The incident took place at South Bay Correctional Institute, a privately operated facility in Palm Beach County in October.
Twenty-eight-year-old inmate Willie Smith apparently was repeatedly taunting 42-year-old Vincent Lee, and the night before the murder told him that "the Dolphins suck."
On October 16, sometime after 6:30 in the morning, Lee entered Smith's cell with a padlock attached to a black belt and hit Smith in the head. Lee had a one-and-a-half foot shiv in his waistband, though it's not clear if he used the weapon. Lee was able to clean up much of the blood and flushed a sheet down a toilet before being detained by guards.
Smith died eight days later. He was serving a life sentence for armed robbery and burglary. Lee was serving a 30-year sentence for drug charges and robbery.
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