Floyd County man faces additional 40 years in prison after killing inmate

The 41-year-old previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder

By Chelsey Allen - Producer , James A. Riley - Digital Content Producer

FLOYD COUNTY - A Floyd County man serving time for shooting a state trooper will spend an additional 40 years in prison for the deadly stabbing of another inmate in West Virginia.

41-year-old Steven Branscome previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Russell Hager.

The prosecutor says Branscome used a shank.

The 47-year-old's body was found last month in the weight yard of the Mount Olive Correctional Complex.

Investigators say it happened after a fight.

Branscome's sentence will run consecutively with his other convictions.

In 2008, he pleaded guilty to shooting Virginia State Police trooper Richard Hughes. The trooper says he was shot after a police chase in Giles County that crossed into Mercer County, West Virginia.

"As soon as the first couple shots were fired, I went to raise my weapon to fire back decided against it, ducked to the left, and jumped into the woods.At that time when I ducked is when the round struck me," said Hughes.

A nationwide search continued for days until U.S. marshals eventually caught him in Texas.

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