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Two inmates injured in stabbing at MCI-Hagerstown

July 09, 2013|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com

A state prison investigative unit is probing the stabbing of an inmate Monday night at the Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown, a prison system spokesman said Tuesday.

Mark Vernarelli, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, said an inmate at the prison was taken to Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown to be treated for wounds he suffered to his arm, head and back.

“Fortunately, the inmate stabbed multiple times last night did not suffer any life-threatening injuries,” Vernarelli wrote in an email.

He said a second inmate who suffered three small superficial cuts on his hand was treated at the prison.

The incident occurred at about 10:15 p.m. Monday in a housing unit at MCI-H, Vernarelli said.

He said the prison system’s Internal Investigative Unit was handling the probe.

“Detectives are looking at several possible suspects, but are still in the midst of their probe,” Vernarelli said. “Officers also recovered a potential weapon.”

The 34-year-old inmate who was taken to the hospital is serving a 25-year-sentence on multiple counts of robbery with a deadly weapon, Vernarelli said.

In March, an inmate died after he was stabbed at a dormitory unit at MCI-H. 

Deavel M. Johnson, 22, was noticed standing near a bunk bed with blood on him as a correctional officer was conducting a head count on the night of March 19.

Johnson was taken to the prison dispensary, then transferred to Meritus Medical Center. He was pronounced dead about an hour after he was stabbed.

MCI-H, Maryland Correctional Training Center and Roxbury Correctional Institution comprise the state prison complex on Roxbury Road south of Hagerstown.

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