Inmate convicted in fight

July 18, 1997


Staff Writer, Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - An Eastern Regional Jail inmate was found guilty of three charges Thursday stemming from a disturbance at the jail three years ago in which three correctional officers were injured, officials said.

A Berkeley County Circuit Court jury found Robert Eugene Carter of Martinsburg guilty of two counts of malicious assault on a correctional officer and battery of a correctional officer, said Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely.

Carter, who will be sentenced Sept. 19, faces between seven and 30 years in jail on the convictions, Games-Neely said.

Carter was an inmate at the regional jail on Aug. 28, 1994, when three correctional officers became involved in a fight with inmates inside the lockup.


One of the correctional officers, Cpl. Benjamin Shreve, suffered a fractured eye socket, broken nose, brain concussion and a spinal concussion, Games-Neely said. The other two correctional officers also were injured.

Shreeve was off work for about 10 weeks, Neely said.

At the time, Carter was awaiting trial on federal bank robbery charges, Games-Neely said.

Two other inmates earlier had been found guilty in the fight, Games-Neely said.

It was never clear what started the fight.

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