Shannon Levi Grier was pronounced dead about 6:20 a.m. after suffering “probable multiple sharp force trauma,” Richmond County Chief Deputy Coroner Kenneth Boose said in an e-mail.
An altercation took place between Grier and another inmate about 6 a.m., according to a bureau news release.
The second inmate has been transferred to another state prison for security purposes, though officials didn’t say where. The inmate has not been identified, pending consultation with District Attorney Ashley Wright,
According to the Georgia Department of Corrections Web site, Grier was convicted in Fulton County on charges of aggravated child molestation and aggravated sodomy and was serving a 25-year sentence. His maximum possible release date was in 2032.
An autopsy will take place at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab in Atlanta this week.