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Inmates get more time in weapons case

February 25, 1998|By MARLO BARNHART

Inmates get more time in weapons case

Two inmates at the Maryland Correctional Training Center were given extra prison time Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court, both for having homemade weapons.

Janero Patrick Burrell, 23, had three months tacked on to a four-year sentence he is serving for burglary.

Burrell admitted carrying a concealed weapon in connection with a July 1997 incident in which the cell he shared with another inmate was searched.

The cellmate was accused of theft and witnesses told police that the cellmate asked Burrell to hold the homemade knife for him.

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The correctional officers searched Burrell and found the knife in his sock.

Defense attorney Steve Kessell told Judge Frederick C. Wright III that Burrell was segregated for 90 days and lost 90 days "good time."

In the other incident, Wright sentenced Larry Dontine Washington to six more months in prison for carrying a deadly weapon on Aug. 5, 1997.

The homemade knife was recovered after a fight between two inmates at the prison that day. No one was injured, according to Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Joe Michael.

Washington later told Maryland State Police he had been arguing with the other inmate over religion.

Defense attorney Eric Reid said Washington also got 130 days in segregation for the offense.

Washington, 21, is serving a 12-year sentence for second-degree murder.

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