An inmate’s death at a Clinton Township correctional facility last week has been ruled a homicide, according to Hunterdon County authorities.
Joshua Jones, 23, of Englewood, was assaulted Aug. 14 at theMountainview Youth Correctional Facility and transported to Morristown Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead two days later.
Prosecutor Anthony Kearns III announced today that a medical examiner Saturday ruled Jones’ death a homicide.
Kearns said in a news release that Jones died from blunt force trauma. He declined to indicate if there were any suspects in the killing at this time.
Authorities discovered Jones in a dorm where several inmates live.
He was serving time on weapon possession, criminal restraint and drug possession charges. He would have been eligible for parole Jan. 24.
“Mr. Joshua Jones was a young man serving his debt to society when his life was violently ended,” Kearns said in a prepared statement. “Our condolences go out to the Jones family. We are aggressively investigating the circumstances leading up to what occurred.”
The homicide comes just two years after the murder of Carl Epps, 20, of Egg Harbor, N.J. Five of his fellow inmates are accused in beating him to death Aug. 22, 2010.
The investigation into Jones’ death is ongoing.