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Prisoner sentenced for stabbing another inmate

March 18, 2006|By PEPPER BALLARD

HAGERSTOWN

A Washington County Circuit jury found former Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown inmate Delreece Headspeth guilty Thursday of stabbing another inmate in a prison stairway in December 2004.

Headspeth, 49, was found guilty of attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and wearing and carrying a deadly weapon with the intent to injure in the Dec. 27 stabbing of then MCI-H inmate Donald Brest, according to court documents.

Headspeth was serving a life sentence at MCI-H for first-degree murder when the stabbing occurred. Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III on Thursday sentenced him to serve an additional 23 years, according to court documents and Maryland Division of Correction spokesman George Gregory.

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Gregory said Headspeth was being held at the Maryland Correctional Adjustment Center, commonly known as Supermax, in Baltimore. Headspeth would have been 21 years old when he was sentenced in Baltimore City Circuit Court in November 1978 to serve a life sentence.

In the 2004 case, Headspeth stabbed Brest seven times with an 8-inch homemade shank as the two prisoners walked from breakfast to their cells, according to charging documents.

Correctional Officer Larry Cunningham reported the fight over the radio and Officer Robert Snavely locked a gate that separates sections of the prison to keep Headspeth from chasing Brest onto the tier, documents state.

According to charging documents, Brest sustained stab wounds to both lungs, his stomach, spleen, diaphragm and liver. Brest eventually recovered and testified at the trial.

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