Inmate stabbed fatally at Jessup prison

Officials viewing tapes in search for suspect

January 12, 2001|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

A 23-year-old inmate at the Maryland House of Corrections Annex in Jessup was fatally stabbed last night as prisoners were returning to their cells after dinner, said a prisons spokesman.

Immediately after the attack, the facility in Anne Arundel County was locked down - meaning inmates were confined to their cells and visits were canceled.

State investigators were reviewing surveillance tapes, seeking to identify an assailant.

The victim's name was withheld pending notification of family members, who live in Washington.

Dave Powers, a spokesman for Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, said the attack occurred about 6:40 p.m. He said corrections officers saw several inmates aiding an apparently injured man outside the dining hall and found the victim bleeding from at least one stab wound to the chest.

The man was taken to the infirmary, where he died about 25 minutes later, Powers said. He said that corrections officers recovered a homemade knife believed to have been used in the stabbing.

Powers said the victim, convicted Aug. 17, 1995, of armed robbery, was serving an 8 1/2 -year sentence.

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