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Inmate electrocuted on work detail

Inmate electrocuted on work detail

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Associated Press

HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- A Texas prison inmate has been electrocuted while performing maintenance work on an underground water main outside the Huntsville Unit of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Thirty-nine-year-old Todd Hughes was on a crew working on a broken water line at what's known as the Walls Unit Tuesday afternoon when he was electrocuted apparently by an adjacent electrical line. A second inmate on the crew was hurt and treated at the unit infirmary.

Prison officials said the agency's Office of Inspector General is investigating.

Hughes had been in prison since July 2007 and was serving a seven-year sentence for intoxication manslaughter from Orange County.

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