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Roxbury Correctional Institution inmate stabbed in head, neck

September 30, 2011

HAGERSTOWN — A Roxbury Correctional Institution inmate who was stabbed twice in the head and neck Friday morning was taken to Meritus Medical Center nearHagerstown.

The 32-year-old inmate was “conscious and alert” when he was taken to the hospital after being stabbed with homemade weapons while the prisoners were “completing meal and medication movements” on the main walkway, said Mark Vernarelli, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

Vernarelli said the inmate has been in prison since 2005, serving a 19-year sentence for burglary and assault.

Department spokeswoman Erin Julius said the immate would likely be returned to an infirmary at the prison as soon as Friday afternoon.

Officials believe only one other person was involved in the incident, but the prison is locked down while the stabbing is investigated.

The Internal Investigative Unit is working on the case, Vernarelli said.

The medium-security prison houses about 1,725 inmates south of Hagerstown.

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— The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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