A corrections officer and decorated veteran has died after he was assaulted and stabbed by an inmate earlier this month, Alabama Department of Corrections announced.
Kenneth Bettis, 44, of Monroeville, succumbed to his injuries at 5:35 p.m. on Friday at the University of South Alabama Hospital in Mobile. Officials said family members were at Bettis' bedside when he passed away. They are receiving emotional support from ADOC's Critical Incident Stress Management Team and chaplains.
Inmate Cleveland Cunningham stabbed Bettis at the dining hall in Atmore's William C. Holman Correctional Facility on Sept. 1. Prison officials report Cunningham stabbed Bettis in retaliation for being denied an extra tray of food during the afternoon meal.
Bettis has been a corrections officer at Holman since 2009, AL.com reports.