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RCI inmate stabbed

July 09, 2009

A Roxbury Correctional Institution inmate was stabbed more than once Thursday at the prison south of Hagerstown, according to a state prison spokesman.

The 32-year-old male inmate's injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, Mark Vernarelli, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, wrote in an e-mail.

Reached by phone, Vernarelli said the department wasn't releasing the man's name because his family hadn't been notified.

After seeing a man running from an RCI recreation hall, a lieutenant investigated and found an inmate bleeding from "multiple stab wounds" just before 1 p.m., Vernarelli's e-mail said.

The inmate was treated at the prison, then taken by ambulance to the hospital.

The e-mail said the inmate who was stabbed is serving a 14-year sentence for possession of drugs and other charges and has been in the prison system since 2002.

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