A Florida jailbird gouged out his cellmate’s eyeballs, plopped them in a cup then strolled to the prison chow hall with the man’s bloody ear dangling around his neck, according to a report Friday.
Prison guards at the Columbia Correctional Institution in Lakeside had no clue that inmate Larry Mark, 58, had been strangled, mutilated and wrapped in a blood-soaked sheet until his thuggish cellmate showed up for breakfast Thursday — wearing the trophy of flesh, prison sources told the Miami Herald.
The unnamed killer allegedly got mad at Mark for pestering him — and told other inmates he planned to eat his eyeballs, the paper reported.
He struck just hours before a gang-related knife fight broke out in another wing of the prison, which was recently hit by staff shortages, according to the paper. Mark was serving a life sentence for murder.
Florida Department of Law Enforcement would not provide the name of the attacker, who had recently been transferred from death row at a state prison, accordion to the paper.
The murder happened in the prison’s annex, a building separate from the main building where the gang brawl erupted, the source said.
Corrections officers at the prison are on edge due to the staff shortages, which have left up to 250 inmates supervised by a single guard.
Julie Jones, a rep for the Florida Department of Corrections told the paper, “Any loss of life at the hands of an inmate is intolerable, and we are working with our partners at FDLE to investigate this death and ensure anyone responsible is held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”
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