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MCTC inmate alert, in stable condition after being stabbed multiple times

August 20, 2013
  • The Maryland Correctional Training Center on Roxbury Road is part of the state prison complex south of Hagerstown.
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A Maryland Correctional Training Center inmate was alert and in stable condition Tuesday morning at R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore after he was stabbed multiple times Monday night, according to Mark Vernarelli, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

The inmate’s condition was not believed to be life-threatening, Vernarelli said in an e-mail.

The incident began Monday night as a fight involving three inmates in a housing unit and correctional officers quickly got it under control, Vernarelli wrote.

The 32-year-old inmate had multiple puncture wounds, Vernarelli said. Concern over a possible puncutre wound to his lung prompted prison personnel to have him taken to Shock Trauma, he said.

A medevac helicopter was called to the prison to transport the inmate at about 9 p.m., a Washington County 911 Dispatcher said Mondaynight. 

The inmate is serving a 10-year sentence on burglary and assault convictions, he said.

The other two inmates were treated for minor injuries at the prison, he said.

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Several weapons were recovered, Vernarelli said. 

Prison intelligence officers were reviewing the incident, he said.

It was the fourth stabbing incident reported at state prisons in Washington County since March.

On July 8, two inmates sustained stab wounds in an incident at the Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown. One was taken to Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown for treatment, while the other had superficial wounds. 

Later that week, another inmate was stabbed at MCI-H and taken to Meritus Medical Center.

In March another inmate at MCI-H, Deavel M. Johnson, 22, died at Meritus Medical Center of stab wounds he sustained at the prison. 

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