Inmate killed at Marion Correctional Institution

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Omar Billups

A Marion Correctional Institution inmate was killed Monday after being involved in a fight with another inmate.

According to a source close to Ocala Post, Omar Rashaad Billups, 30, was stabbed to death during the altercation.

The source told Ocala Post that Billups’ body lay on a dorm floor for several hours before investigators arrived.

The source also stated that, prior to Billups’ death, he asked to be transferred to confinement several times because he feared for his life.

The Florida Department of Corrections would neither confirm nor deny the information from the source.

The FDOC released the following statement:

“On July 17, Inmate Omar Billups was pronounced deceased at Marion CI from an apparent inmate-on-inmate altercation. The death is currently under investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, with assistance from the Department’s Office of the Inspector General. Due to the active investigation and the Federal HIPAA Privacy Rule, this is all of the information currently available.”

Billups was serving a 15 year sentence for Burglary, Aggravated Assault, and Grand Theft for a 2010 arrest.

State records show that Billups had an extensive arrest history.

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  • Mike Rogers

    “State records show that Billups had an extensive arrest history”……… Maybe some good can come out of this for other young people to stop the revolving doors in jails and prisons.

    • Kitty

      You live by the sword, you die by the sword. I have no sympathy for him but do feel for his loved ones.

      • Mike

        I hope it’s your mother

  • Karen M

    as soon as these young punks realize that prison isn’t a ‘vacation’ there will be less crime. but I do think DOC needs to take another look at inmates who are being ‘threatened’ and move them to pc before there is an opportunity for violence, and yes, murder right under the noses of the corrections officers! I know they can’t be everywhere all the time, but the inmate had asked more than once for help, and it was ignored? that’s not right either. I think that the inmate should be watched more closely by C.O’s for awhile, and if the threat seems real, they should accommodate him.

    • Mike Rogers

      My guess is that there just isn’t enough room, facilities, guards to keep these violent felons apart. Now if they are required by law to do so then were going to need to build more jails and prisons. That means more tax dollars for the people not committing violent crimes. As it is who do we think is going to foot the bill when lawyers get their hand on this case.

      • Karen M

        I agree but since the state doesn’t seem to find $$ in their ‘budget’ for bigger and better jails, we have to hope that staff undergoes ‘on-going’ training, not just once a year! since I’m not familiar with the procedure at that facility, I can only say that encouraging staff to ‘keep their eyes open’ for anything that looks like it could lead to violence would be the easiest ‘fix’ for now. yes, they are busy, I know as I worked in corrections but in a capacity that ‘backed up’ the C.O’s and on several occasions probably stopped violence from happening because I could tell by the atmosphere of the ‘cell block’ seemed different, groups moved back against the wall by racial separation, one man who had won the privilege of deciding the t.v. programming for the day because he got up early and had floors swept and mopped by the time breakfast was served..was the closest to the t.v. but when I scanned the room I could see inmates ‘holding court’ therefore figured something was going down! I radio’d a Lt. on the floor that morning, even she thought Iwas wrong (she had just left the section,and saw nothing out of the way! but just as she agrees to do another check, a man comes from the back of the room and ‘runs’ at full speed to the ‘t.v. man’ and before I could ‘click’ the lock to allow the Lt. in the section, he had him upside down and was going to ‘bash’ his head into the concrete floor! I popped the door lock for her to enter (which ‘stopped’ the man in mid air!) and called ‘the ‘code’ for other officers to come to her aid, then stood by the Unit door lock to allow them to in, (while running back and forth to pop the lock on the section timing it so no inmate could run out into the area where the CO’s office is located. Everything was quickly squelled , and my Lt. laughed (and gave me an ‘attaboy’) because I was alert to the pending danger.so my point is that being alert avoided a potentially violent attack on an inmate! but let me add that long 12 hour shifts don’t help the ‘alertness’ situation (not sure about the hours at that institution, but remember being exhausted beyond belief, and even took part in a ‘trial that split the shift a little differently, instead of 6 to 6 , I came in at 1:00 in the afternoon, so went home at 1:00 a.m. just as a new shift was coming in, my other team members were totally jealous, and I loved it, as I was home to sleep when I would have been getting ‘drowsy’ (hitting my ‘wall’!) my group all reported being much more alert, rested, and ready to work .Did it work? NO, BUT only because a Sgt. didn’t like the time it took out of HER schedule, because there is a briefing between shifts and she was constantly closing one shift and opening another! too bad, because this was an ideal shift not only for the employees, but for the whole jail as the level of Security, Alertness, & ready to work employee that resulted a much better secure jail.! maybe this ‘shift’ would work at the ‘D.O.C.”?

    • Ms Betty

      If he was sentenced to 15 years, what was he still doing in Marion CI. Why wasn’t he already settled in a “prison” where he could do his 15 years. I don’t believe that Marion CI is capable of holding an inmate that long without something like this happening.

      • Casey

        Marion CI is a DOC facility not the county jail, it is a prison so he was settled in prison.

        http://www.dc.state.fl.us/facilities/region2/304.html

      • Karen M

        I think there is a misunderstanding, Marion Correctional Institute IS a prison, you cannot be held longer than 1 year in the Marion County Jail ! or until ‘sentenced’ to serve a term in a larger institution. at least that is my memory from my days in corrections.

    • Bossy..

      The information given by a “source” doesn’t mean it’s true. Don’t believe everything you read or hear.

  • HilleryLostHAHAHAHA

    Maybe if he wasn’t an idiot thug and stayed out of jail he would be alive today…But I still have no sympathy for him, he created his own situation. Just think of all the people he has victimized over the years and all the crimes he committed but was never caught. Maybe this can be a teaching moment for some of the other thugs out there. Don’t follow his carer path or you may end up with the same results..

  • Kitty

    One less career criminal to prey on us hard working folk.

    • Mary Hunt

      not right, he was still a person that asked for help. How many times did he ask for help and not get it before he even got in that situation. shame on you and yes I am white

  • urchittingme

    The world is now a better place

    • real real

      dumbminded

    • Anthony DiCaprio

      Dumb bitch you know nothing

      • urchittingme

        I know he had an extensive arrest history leaving innocent people victimized in his wake…I stand by what I said

    • Wess

      Pompous bitch.

  • Jessica Dempsey

    Another life taken because of poor supervision. Everyone wants to say negative things about this man. Its a shame. If he was white or one of your family members you sure would be singing a different tone. Sad how childish adults can be. He was someone’s son, grandson, brother and maybe even someone’s dad. Its a shame color can make someone comment something so negative about a death of another individual. Smh!!!

    • Mary Hunt

      Don’t assume all white feel like that, i agree he was somebody regardless of his situation.

  • Carrie

    Marion is known for its shortage of guards and has become more of a violent camp yet let alot of things slide by. Regardless of his “extensive” which from what I have seen was only a few charges he was still a human being, someones husband, father and son. Some of these comments are rude and hurtful to his family. I 100% believe he asked for help and was looked over. I pray his family gets the answers they deserve and that someone is held accountable for this crime. My thoughts and prayers are to his family.

  • Deeshusis

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