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Guard Stabbed at North Dakota State Pen

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The State Prison is in lock down after a corrections officer is stabbed.

A murderer serving a life sentence is under close eye after he stabbed a corrections officer at the North Dakota State Prison last night.

Donnell Preskey has the details.

Authorities say an inmate is in solitary confinement after he attacked a corrections officer Sunday night.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating the case.

Captain Kyle Kirchmeier says investigators are looking into how the inmate manipulated his cell door so it didn't lock.

Kirchmeier says the inmate slipped a note under the door, which is how inmates communicate with officers at the Pen.

When the officer bent down to get the note, the inmate forced open his cell door and stabbed the officer several times in the face and torso.

The officer was treated and released for his injuries.

Kirchmeier says the inmate used a homemade metal shank.

The officer was able to get away from the inmate.

The suspect's name in this case caught my attention right away...

John Bridges was charged with murder in Burleigh County and pleaded guilty to the crime last year.

He was sentenced in November to life in prison plus twenty years for kidnapping and using an ax to murder an acquaintance, Lee Clay.

Bridges was only discovered after he crashed his van on I-94. Clay's body was in the van.

It was a bizarre case, and it disturbed prosecutor, the judge and a psychologist.

During Bridges sentencing hearing, Judge Cynthia Feland noted that Bridges was the most psychotic and dangerous person the psychologist had ever evaluated.

 

An interesting tid-bit.

North Dakota abolished the death penalty in 1915 with exception to two crimes: for treason and for murder committed by an inmate already serving a life sentence.

Those two offenses were later abolished in 1973.

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