Knox prisoner charged with trying to have inmate killed

Knox prisoner charged with trying to have inmate killed

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Nikos Burgins (source: Tennessee Department of Correction) Nikos Burgins (source: Tennessee Department of Correction)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A prisoner from Knoxville currently held in a medium-security prison was charged Tuesday with attempting to have a prisoner who snitched on him killed.

Nikos Burgins, 33, was indicted by the Knox County grand jury on one count of solicitation to commit first degree murder.

Burgins is currently incarcerated in the South Central Correctional Center in Clifton, Tenn. after being found guilty of rape and assault in Knoxville.

He is accused of sending a letter on May 29, 2012 while in the Knox County Detention Center to a fellow gang member who was serving time in the Morgan County Correctional Facility.

Burgins allegedly asked the gang member to tell other fellow gang members in the prison to kill an inmate who testified against him.

Burgins told the gang member he wanted the inmate killed as soon as possible by any means.

An investigation began in June, resulting in Tuesday's indictment.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office has put a detainer on Burgins.

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