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Inmate gets year for stabbing cellmate

July 25, 1997

By MARLO BARNHART

Staff Writer

An inmate who admitted stabbing his cellmate with a pen at the Washington County Detention Center last February has been sentenced to one year in jail.

Michael D. Pinkney, 23, pleaded guilty in Washington County Circuit Court to second-degree assault. Additional charges of first-degree assault and reckless endangerment were dropped in exchange for the plea.

The guilty plea was entered May 29 at a hearing that had been scheduled as a suppression hearing on the evidence.

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The victim, Omar Eipps, 18, was "stabbed'' in the face and lower left leg by the pen. He was treated at the jail for his wounds, police reports said.

A sharpened toothbrush also was found in the cell the two men shared.

Deputies said the early-morning incident occurred in Cell A-18, shared by Eipps and Pinkney, who were both awaiting trial for drug possession and distribution.

Eipps told Lazich he was on his bunk when Pinkney kicked him in the shoulder and began to stab him in the face with a pen.

The two men struggled on the floor and Eipps said he was stabbed in the lower leg, possibly with a sharpened toothbrush, according to Deputy Pete Lazich.

Pinkney denied using the toothbrush, Lazich said.

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