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Inmate was serving eight-year sentence for assault, robbery

January 27, 2006|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

A prison inmate whom officials say shot a Roxbury Correctional Institution guard at Washington County Hospital early Thursday was serving an eight-year sentence, according to Denise Gelsinger, RCI public information officer.

Brandon Morris, 20, was sentenced May 3, 2003, after being convicted on charges of first-degree assault, robbery with a deadly weapon and handgun violations, she said. Gelsinger said Morris was scheduled to be released from prison Nov. 28, 2010.

The charges against him were filed in Baltimore, Gelsinger said.

Morris initially was charged with first-degree attempted murder in that case, but pleaded to lesser charges.

Authorities said the wounded correctional officer was guarding Morris, an inmate at RCI, at the hospital where Morris had been admitted Wednesday to be evaluated for a medical condition officials would not disclose.

The inmate overpowered the officer and shot him with his service weapon at about 5 a.m., Maryland Division of Correction officials said.

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At 1:45 p.m., Morris, who was shackled and handcuffed, was escorted by four officers into a Division of Correction van parked at the Maryland State Police barrack in Hagerstown.

Morris was smiling as he was taken out the side entrance of the state police barrack. His arms were crossed and bound near his chest, and he was helped into the van.

He was wearing white cotton scrubs and paper slippers.

Washington County Hospital spokeswoman Marina N. Shannon said Morris most likely was given the scrubs and slippers when he was admitted to the hospital.

The Associated Press reported that Morris was taken to a state prison.

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