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Ex-inmate guilty of punching corrections officer

June 17, 1998

A former Maryland Correctional Institution inmate was convicted Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court of punching a dietary officer at the prison last August.

Judge W. Kennedy Boone III sentenced Clement Milo Marks, 46, to the maximum 10-year sentence for second-degree assault after the jury deliberated for 17 minutes and returned with the verdict.

The Aug. 8, 1997, incident occurred around 1 p.m. in the dining area when Officer James E. Malott II approached Marks with a work assignment and Marks refused to pick up trash as directed, court records said.

Marks punched Malott in the jaw, causing the officer to lose consciousness, court records said.

Malott was taken to the hospital where he received seven stitches in his chin, and he experienced neck pain because of the incident, court records said.

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A different jury deadlocked over a verdict in April, resulting in Tuesday's retrial.

Marks has since been transferred to the Maryland House of Correction annex in Jessup.

He is serving a 21-year sentence from Prince George's County for rape and other sex offenses. The new sentence must be added on to that sentence, which he began serving in 1980, according to court records.

Marks' attorney, Eric Reed, could not be reached for comment.

- Marlo Barnhart

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