Jeff Dunn, Commissioner of the State of Alabama Department of Corrections, sadly reports the death of Corrections Officer Kenneth Bettis.

Corrections Officer Bettis, 44, was stabbed during a dispute with an inmate while in the dining hall of the Holman Prison on September 1st. The reason for the dispute was over and inmate being denied an additional food during lunch.

Following the dispute and stabbing, Officer Bettis was transported to the University of South Alabama in Mobile for medical treatment. During his treatment, Officer Bettis’ condition worsened and he succumbed to his injuries.

Officer Bettis served the State of Alabama, Department of Corrections for seven years. He served his entire career at the William C. Holman Prison facility. Officer Bettis was also a military veteran having served tours of duty in Iraq with the Alabama Army National Guard. He received numerous awards for his military service in combat. Officer Bettis is survived by his wife and three children.

Corrections Officer Kenneth Bettis-gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Friday, September 16, 2016.

Graphic done by Rose Borisow GraFX

Additional details can be found here:

https://www.odmp.org/officer/22969-correctional-officer-kenneth-bettis

http://www.al.com/news/mobile/index.ssf/2016/09/corrections_officer_decorated.html

http://www.wsfa.com/story/33115492/correctional-officer-stabbed-at-holman-prison-dies

http://wkrg.com/2016/09/16/breaking-corrections-officer-dies-after-being-stabbed-by-inmate-at-holman-prison/

http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/news/20160916/alabama-corrections-officer-dies-after-being-stabbed-by-inmate

http://wiat.com/2016/09/16/alabama-corrections-officer-dies-after-being-stabbed-by-inmate-in-retaliation-over-extra-food/