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MCI inmate pleads guilty to weapons possession

June 01, 2010

A state prison inmate pleaded guilty Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court to possession of two homemade weapons and received an additional three years behind bars.

Edward Bentley, 51, an inmate at Maryland Correctional Institution, pleaded guilty before Judge W. Kennedy Boone III to possession of a weapon while in confinement. Assistant State's Attorney Gina Cirincion said a second count of possession of a weapon while in confinement will be dismissed, along with two counts of possession of a concealed deadly weapon.

On Jan. 13, 2010, a correctional officer conducting random pat-down searches found the two objects on Bentley, the application for statement of charges said. Both were wrapped in wax paper and found in Bentley's gym shorts, documents show.

Assistant Public Defender Jerome Joyce showed the weapons to Boone, describing one as a large nail and the other as a piece of wire.

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"He was a victim of a stabbing five years ago," Joyce said of Bentley.

Boone asked Bentley how long he had been in prison and when he was scheduled for release.

Bentley told Boone he had been in prison seven years and had a release date of either 2017 or 2018.

Bentley is serving a sentence for drug and weapons convictions, Cirincion said.

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