Guilty plea in assault adds 18 months to inmate's sentence

May 17, 2010|By DON AINES

Editor's note: This story was edited May 24, 2010, to correct the spelling of Assistant Public Defender Carl Creeden's name

HAGERSTOWN -- A state prison inmate had 18 months added to his sentence after he pleaded guilty Monday in Washington County Circuit Court to assaulting a correctional officer in 2009.

Eulista Bernard Dunn Jr., 28, entered a guilty plea to a charge of second-degree assault on a Division of Corrections employee. The incident occurred at Roxbury Correctional Institution south of Hagerstown on April 28, 2009, according to the application for statement of charges.

Washington County Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone III ordered the 18 months to be served consecutively to a sentence Dunn is serving for robbery with a dangerous and deadly weapon that was imposed by a Baltimore County Circuit judge in 1999.


In the RCI case, Dunn was being escorted by two correctional officers when he broke free, ran up behind Sgt. Michael Douglas and struck him in the jaw with both fists, the application states.

Dunn's hands were handcuffed in front of him at the time of the incident and he was taken to the floor, according to the application.

Douglas was treated at Washington County Hospital for a bruise on his face, the application said.

"(Dunn) was being brought back from medical when this occurred," Assistant Public Defender Carl Creeden said. He said Dunn, who has mental health issues, was given "a large amount" of medications before the assault.

"The incident did happen. I take responsibility for what happened," Dunn told Boone.

Creeden told Boone that the incident occurred in Housing Unit 5 and that there had been several other incidents involving inmate assaults during the same month.

"I guess some people would argue it's just another day in Unit 5," Boone said.

Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Michele Hansen told Boone that Dunn had two weapons convictions and two assault convictions between 2006 and 2008 while in prison.

"Ever since you came into the Division of Corrections, you have not been incident-free," Boone told Dunn. "We have to send a message that it's not open season down there."

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