FORMER NAVAL OFFICER AND PRISONER AT DB
DIES AFTER BASEBALL BAT ATTACK - DUE TO
HAVE BEEN RELEASED IN LESS THAN A MONTH
AFTER SERVING 16 YEARS FOR CONTRACT HIT
ON ESTRANGED WIFE - LCDR MICHAEL FRICKE
ADMITTED HIRING KILLER AFTER SPOUSE SAID
WANTED DIVORCE - DISCIPLINARY BARRACKS
ON "LOCK DOWN" SINCE JULY 24 INCIDENT

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Roxanne Fricke died a violent death in a Virginia Beach, Va. parking lot in 1988, and now, nearly 22 years after her contract murder, her husband, who admitted he hired out her death, has died himself in a bloody attack at the Leavenworth DB. The case is still under investigation, but initial reports said the former Navy lieutenant commander was killed as the result of a fight with another inmate.

Fricke, a prison trusty, was 54 years old. He passed away July 29, five days after being hit multiple times by a fellow prisoner. The alleged assailant, whose identity has not been released, was seen arguing with Fricke on a secured ball field at the prison, then striking the former Naval officer several times in the head with a baseball bat.

The victim's family decided to take Fricke off life support at a nearby hospital and he expired a short time later, according to USDB spokesperson Rebecca Steed.

LESS THAN ONE MONTH FROM FREEDOM

The irony is, Fricke was less than 30 days from freedom. He'd served 16 years of a 30 year sentence and was due to be released before the end of August.

At his sensational court martial in Norfolk, Va. back in 1994, Fricke admitted hiring a killer to rub out his wife because he claimed she was threatening him with divorce and taking away their young son. According to court documents, the then-officer tricked his wife into going alone to a grocery store off base where her killer was laying in wait. The 28 year-old woman was shot in the head in her car and died on the scene.

Just before her death, LCDR Fricke took out a $100,000 life insurance policy on his wife.

By the time he was charged with his wife's murder for hire, Fricke had been discharged from the Navy. He'd been passed over for promotion two times in a row. In a failed appeal of his sentence, his lawyers maintained the Navy didn't have jurisdiction to try Fricke. But the appeal was quickly turned down.

As of press time, the Leavenworth Disciplinary Barracks was still on "lock down."