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ECI Correctional Officer Pleads Guilty For Participating in Stabbing of Inmate

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BALTIMORE, Md. – A second correctional officer at the Eastern Correctional Institution in Westover, Md. pleaded guilty Tuesday for his participation in a racketeering conspiracy at the Somerset County prison, according to the U.S. State's Attorney's Office. 

Stephen Wise, 34, of Pocomoke pleaded guilty to a civil rights violation and deprivation of rights under color of law, for participating in the stabbing of an inmate.

Wise admitted that he accepted bribes from at least eight inmates to smuggle contraband into ECI, including narcotics, cell phones and tobacco.  Wise generally charged approximately $500 per package of contraband he smuggled into ECI.  Law enforcement intercepted multiple calls and texts in which Wise and the inmates discussed contraband, and arranged payment for contraband. 

According to the plea agreement, Wise smuggled contraband in exchange for bribes for a co-defendant, who was a leader of the Dead Man Incorporated (DMI) prison gang at ECI.

On July 31, 2016, Wise induced the DMI leader to arrange the assault of an inmate who had filed a complaint against Wise that caused Wise to be removed from the housing unit.  At the time he was removed, Wise had been given approximately $1500 by the DMI leader for contraband that he had not yet brought into the unit. Wise told multiple inmates, including the co-defendant, that the inmate who filed the complaint had to be taken out of the unit before Wise could be reassigned there.  Wise knew that if an inmate is physically assaulted he is removed from a housing unit for his own safety.  On July 31, 2016, the inmate who filed the complaint was assaulted and stabbed by several inmates who were members of the Cripps prison gang, and who had been paid $500 to do so by Wise’s co-defendant. 

Wise faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for the racketeering conspiracy, and a maximum of 10 years in prison for deprivation of rights under color of law for his participation in the stabbing of an inmate.

Wise’ sentencing has been scheduled for Feb. 17, 2017.

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