Ala. inmate dies in industrial accident at poultry plant

The accident happened about at Koch Foods poultry plant, where Frank Dwayne Ellington worked at since June

Carol Robinson
Alabama Media Group, Birmingham

ASHLAND, Ala. — A state prison inmate on work release was killed Sunday in a reported industrial accident at a poultry plant.

Alabama Department of Corrections officials identified the victim as Frank Dwayne Ellington. He was 33 and previously had lived in Birmingham and Alex City.

Pictured is Frank Dwayne Ellington.
Pictured is Frank Dwayne Ellington. (Photo/Alabama Department of Corrections)

The accident happened about 5:30 p.m. at Koch Foods poultry plant in Ashland. As a work release inmate, Ellington was assigned to the Clay County job site. Authorities said Ellington had worked at the plant since June.

Ellington was serving a life sentence for third-degree robbery out of Jefferson County. He was initially charged with first-degree robbery in 2008 for stealing a man's wallet at gunpoint in Ensley, court records said. He pleaded guilty in 2009 to third-degree robbery and, under the state's Habitual Offender Act, was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole.

He had a previous conviction for first-degree robbery in which he was sentenced to 20 years in prison with one year to serve, and a first-degree theft of property for which he was sentenced to three years in prison.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

©2017 Alabama Media Group, Birmingham

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