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Md. inmate acquitted of guard assault

A Maryland state prison inmate has been acquitted of assaulting a correctional officer at the Roxbury Correctional Institution near Hagerstown after the state acknowledged that a key piece of its evidence wasn't credible.

The state conceded its case against Robert Jackson on Tuesday after reviewing a handwritten witness statement purportedly given by a second correctional officer.

Assistant Public Defender Gerald Joyce claimed official reports about the incident had been doctored.

After comparing Officer Aaron Miller's witness statement to a sample of his handwriting, Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Gina Cirincion said she didn't believe Miller wrote the witness statement.

Jackson was charged with injuring Correctional Officer Marvin Gillespie's elbow by forcing him into a wall in January 2009.

-- The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 25, 2010; 10:27 AM ET
Categories:  Maryland , Prison Beat  
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