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Charges against ex-inmate dropped

December 30, 2008|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN -- Charges against a former Roxbury Correctional Institution inmate who allegedly assaulted a correctional officer at the prison south of Hagerstown were dropped Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court.

Kenneth Davis, 42, had been charged with second-degree assault on a Division of Correction employee and reckless endangerment. Upon review, prosecutors decided to dismiss the case against Davis.

Deputy State's Attorney Joseph Michael said Tuesday that Davis was involved in an altercation with staff, and that he later ended up in the hospital after a severe beating. The incident is under investigation by the state Attorney General, Michael said.

Davis is expected to be a witness when the Attorney General presses charges in connection with "his own beating" but there was no agreement that charges against Davis would be dropped if he testified, Michael said Tuesday.

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Records available at the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services Web site indicate that Davis is being held at the Eastern Correctional Institution in Westover, Md.

Twenty-three officers were fired from RCI and North Branch Correctional Institution in Cumberland in April. Two additional RCI officers were fired but later reinstated.

At least two injured inmates were involved in separate incidents that led to the excessive-force allegations that led to the terminations, a prisons spokesman has said.

One RCI inmate was found injured during the weekend of March 8 and was hospitalized, and prison officials have said that incident might have been connected to a March 6 assault by inmates on officers.

The information filed Dec. 16 by Washington County State's Attorney Charles Strong charging Davis said he assaulted an officer "on or about the 8th day of March, 2008."

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