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Prison officials investigating stabbing

By Nicole Gonzales | Posted - Jun. 2, 2010 at 3:12 p.m.



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DRAPER -- An inmate who was stabbed several times at the Utah State Prison in Draper Wednesday morning is now recovering in a local hospital.

The Utah Department of Corrections says this was inmate-on-inmate crime, and they say they're still looking into why it happened.

Around 11:30 a.m., prison officials say one prisoner stabbed another inside an area of the prison called the Uinta Unit. Apparently, a male inmate in his 30s was stabbed several times in the back and legs, near his cell.

"We got some information somehow that this stabbing had occurred, multiple stab wounds," said Steve Gehrke, Department of Corrections spokesman. "They were able to stabilize him in the infirmary, stop the bleeding, and then he was transported to the University Medical Center."

The man was taken to the hospital by ambulance in stable condition.

Officers aren't sure who is responsible for the stabbing. They are also still investigating what kind of weapon was used and how it got into the prison facility.

Gehrke says visitors will still be allowed in the prison Wednesday; there is no lockdown.

"They are restricting movement in the area where it happened," Gehrke said. "It happened in the Uintas, so it's over in that area and they're restricting movement there."

Corrections officials say they will be conducting interviews all day to try to determine exactly what happened.

E-mail: ngonzales@ksl.com

Nicole Gonzales

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