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Inmate is stabbed at training center

October 22, 2003|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

A Maryland Correctional Training Center inmate was stabbed Tuesday and taken to Washington County Hospital.

It was at least the fourth stabbing incident at the Roxbury Road prison in as many months.

Ron Leverette, public information officer for the Maryland Division of Correction, said Damien Frazier was stabbed at least one time during an incident in the medium-security Housing Unit 1 at about 2:30 p.m. Leverette and other authorities declined to release the name of the assailant. Leverette said that information would not be released until the investigation was completed.

Leverette would not confirm where Frazier was stabbed.

Leverette said he did not know Frazier's condition, but believed he was still being treated more than two hours after the incident.

"When he got to the hospital, I'm told that the injury was not life-threatening," Leverette said. "Their expectation is he will make a recovery."

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A Washington County Hospital spokeswoman refused to release Frazier's condition Tuesday evening.

Frazier is serving a 10-year sentence, which began in July 2002, for narcotics possession, weapons possession and auto theft convictions.

The Maryland Correctional Training Center is a medium-security prison that provides education and vocational training to male inmates.

Leverette said there are seven housing units, plus three Quonset huts for housing overflow.

The last stabbing incident at the facility was two weeks ago, Leverette said. Leverette would not release any information on the incident, including the exact date.

On Aug. 16, an inmate was found in his cell with stab wounds to his back and neck. On July 3, an inmate suffered stab wounds to the side of the head from a shank during an altercation in the dining hall.

Correction officials have declined to release information on the identities of the assailants, victims, resulting charges or causes for the altercations.

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