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Teen pleads guilty in Victor Cullen escape

September 01, 2009

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- A Baltimore teen has pleaded guilty in a violent escape from the Victor Cullen Center.

Carl Curtis Griffin Jr., one of nine youths charged as adults in the escape that left six staffers injured in May, pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree escape and conspiracy to commit second-degree burglary.

Prosecutors recommended that 17-year-old Griffin be punished, but joined his defense in asking the judge to consider Griffin's difficult childhood.

Griffin told the judge he grabbed handcuffs from a staffer to help a youth in a struggle with staff, but he didn't mean for anyone to be hurt. Prosecutors say that staffer's wrist injury may require surgery.

The judge ordered Griffin to serve 18 months of a six-year sentence at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center.

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