Wayne County Coroner Edward R. Howell has ruled that the stabbing death of an inmate at USP Canaan, Friday, Jan. 11, was due to criminal homicide.

Ephraim Goitom, a black male, age 29, died at Wayne Memorial Hospital, Jan. 11th at 10:58 a.m. du to his injuries. The victim had received multiple stab wounds during an altercation at the federal prison, located near Waymart.

An autopsy was conducted, which led to the determination of the cause of death.

According to Kim Straesser, public information officer for the prison, at around 10 a.m. on Jan. 11, an altercation happened between two inmates.

She said the altercation happened in a common area in a housing unit at the prison. The common area is surrounded by cells and is the area where inmates are together.

She said Goitom was transported to an area hospital and pronounced dead. The other inmate, whose name was not released, was treated for minor injuries.

Straesser said the Federal Bureau of Investigation is now looking into the case. Any further information about the matter will be released by the FBI.

No other inmates or staff were injured during the altercation.

Goitom, who was from Connecticut, was in prison on drug and weapons related charges.