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March 25, 2014

Inmate gets additional 20 years for assaulting officer

CUMBERLAND — An inmate already serving a life sentence for a 1994 first-degree murder conviction had an additional 20 years added to his sentence after he pleaded guilty Tuesday to stabbing a correctional officer at North Branch Correctional Institution in August.

Richard Crawford, 45, pleaded guilty in Allegany County Circuit Court to one count of first-degree assault of a correctional officer and was sentenced by Judge Gary G. Leasure.

The 20-year sentence, requested by Allegany County State’s Attorney Michael Twigg,  is to be served consecutively to the life sentence and was near the maximum sentence of 25 years that could have been imposed. Five related charges were dismissed in exchange for the plea agreement.

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