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Posted at 6:29 PM ET, 02/ 3/2011

Maryland inmate murdered in prison

By Mary Pat Flaherty

Maryland's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has ruled that an inmate found unresponsive in his cell Wednesday at Western Correctional Institution near Cumberland was a homicide victim who died of blunt force trauma and asphyxia, prison officials said Thursday.

The Division of Corrections has not released the inmate's name because of difficulty reaching next of kin, but said he was 41 and had been jailed in 2004 on an 11-year sentence for sexual assault and other charges. He was found by prison staff in his cell at about 5:15 a.m.Wednesday and declared dead at the scene, jail officials had previously said.

Maryland State Police will be the lead investigators, a routine procedure in prison homicide cases, the Division of Corrections said.

The prison was under normal operations Thursday, corrections spokeswoman Erin Julius said.


By Mary Pat Flaherty  | February 3, 2011; 6:29 PM ET
Categories:  Homicide, Mary Pat Flaherty, Maryland, Prison Beat  
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Comments

good riddance

Posted by: slick3 | February 3, 2011 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Why is everyone so hell bent on sex? Sex sex sex. Is sexual assault worth a life and death in prison? Why does no one care about anything but sex and how they get it does not matter? What kind of a society is this?

Posted by: educatenow | February 4, 2011 6:16 AM | Report abuse

A reduction in prison population is always a good thing.

Posted by: blackforestcherry | February 4, 2011 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Capital punishment for sexual predators....

Posted by: 10bestfan | February 4, 2011 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Obviously a society filled with rapist and predators like you EDUCATENOW....

Posted by: shereyh18 | February 4, 2011 8:49 AM | Report abuse

You think maybe his "celly" did it? *Justathought*

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | February 4, 2011 9:14 AM | Report abuse

This short list of comments is cause for great sadness.

Posted by: rwassmer | February 4, 2011 9:16 AM | Report abuse

I agree with rwassmer!

Posted by: bobby31 | February 4, 2011 9:43 AM | Report abuse

A reduction in prison population is always a good thing.

Posted by: blackforestcherry | February 4, 2011 8:36 AM | Report abuse

***********************************************************So is a reduction in crime. A reduction in crime will lead to a reduction in prison population.

Posted by: jnrentz@aol.com | February 4, 2011 9:48 AM | Report abuse

A reduction in prison population is always a good thing.

Posted by: blackforestcherry | February 4, 2011 8:36 AM | Report abuse

***********************************************************So is a reduction in crime. A reduction in crime will lead to a reduction in prison population.

Posted by: jnrentz@aol.com | February 4, 2011 9:48 AM | Report abuse

A reduction in criminals will lead to a reduction in crime which will lead to a reduction in prison population and a savings of $BILLIONS of taxpayer dollars.

And that is a good thing.

Posted by: rcubedkc | February 4, 2011 10:16 AM | Report abuse

I was raped, it's NO JOKE. I call for castration!!!!!!

Posted by: octavia1951 | February 4, 2011 10:33 AM | Report abuse

I was raped, it's NO JOKE. I call for castration!!!!!! Castrate one, maybe, just maybe, the rest will get the message.

Posted by: octavia1951 | February 4, 2011 10:34 AM | Report abuse

I figure if you castrate one, maybe, just maybe, the rest will think about the consequences of their actions toward another; be it man, women, or children!!!! Let them feel just how it feels to be abused.

Posted by: octavia1951 | February 4, 2011 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Sexual predators are considered the lowest of the low in inmate populations. Even the incarcerated have wives, mothers and daughters. It's not surprising this guy was killed. The inmate or inmates who did him in are probably considered heroes inside. Moral: think twice before you rape, molest and kill.

Posted by: chappell1 | February 4, 2011 10:58 AM | Report abuse

No loss. Next !

Posted by: jckdoors | February 4, 2011 11:15 AM | Report abuse

"The Division of Corrections has not released the inmate's name because of difficulty reaching next of kin"

I call B.S. on that.

Posted by: trident420 | February 4, 2011 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Atfer the investigation is concluded, the Dept. of MSP finding of facts will state that, the inmate fell on his own & hit his head & asphyxia himself, while his cellmate was read the book, Gone With The Wind.

Posted by: Raidersfan2 | February 4, 2011 11:48 AM | Report abuse


Can we send the cell-mate a congratulations card?

Posted by: kenk33 | February 4, 2011 5:40 PM | Report abuse

11 years for sexual assault? This was not his first offense. Buh-bye, pervert. I hope that it was at least half as slow and painful as what you inflicted on your victims.

Posted by: hisroc | February 4, 2011 6:43 PM | Report abuse

"I figure if you castrate one, maybe, just maybe, the rest will think about the consequences of their actions toward another; be it man, women, or children!!!! Let them feel just how it feels to be abused."

Only if you could be certain the "one" actually committed the crime. Seems every month another prisoner is being released on DNA testing proving the guy was innocent.

Posted by: wrigleywrat | February 4, 2011 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Technically, I don't even think this qualifies as news.

Posted by: prickles1009 | February 4, 2011 9:44 PM | Report abuse

"The inmate or inmates who did him in are probably considered heroes inside. Moral: think twice before you rape, molest and kill.

Posted by: chappell1 | February 4, 2011 10:58 AM | Report abuse "

...else you might get killed in prison.

Yep. Definitely something to think about before raping, molesting or killing someone. Good advice.

Posted by: tokenwhitemale | February 4, 2011 10:50 PM | Report abuse

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