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State Prison Inmate Gets Life Sentence for Fatally Stabbing Another Inmate

12-10-2015 Maine:

A Maine State Prison inmate, who fatally stabbed another inmate more than 80 times, was sentenced to life in prison Thursday.

Richard Stahursky, 36, pleaded guilty last week to murdering Micah Boland, 37. Boland’s family addressed the courtroom Thursday, saying no one deserves to die the way Boland did, and that they want Stahursky to spend the rest of his life in prison.

The court let Stahursky read a lengthy statement. He showed no remorse for his actions, saying in part “If the courts were to offer me my freedom today, I would decline.”

“I have no remorse for what I did to that child molester. In fact I sleep a lot better at night knowing that there is one less child molester alive,” said Stahursky in his statement to the judge. “I made the choice to become the judge jury and executioner of that sex offender.”

Philip Cohen, Stahurskey’s attorney, spoke on behalf of his client following the sentencing. “I think my client was resolved to the fact that he was going to get a life sentence when he walked in the courtroom today. I don’t think it came as a great surprise to anyone given the nature of the crime,” said Cohen. “What was important to my client was to make the statement he made and he did that today.”

Stahursky was originally sentenced to nearly 20 years for armed robbery and has been in trouble several times at the prison.

He was previously convicted of two separate inmate stabbings, assaulting a corrections officer and setting a fire. ..Source.. by Taylor Kinzler

Convicted sex offender stabbed to death in prison

3-4-2014 Maine:

Richard Stahursky expected to be charged with murder

An inmate at the Maine State Prison in Warren is expected to be charged with murder this week.

State police said Richard Stahursky, 35, repeatedly stabbed Micah Boland, 37, to death on Friday.

Wardens said Stahursky was able to cut away a piece of a metal bed frame and use it as a makeshift knife.

Boland was a convicted sex offender. Stahursky is serving time for multiple crimes committed inside and outside of prison, officials said.

The stabbing happened Friday afternoon. How it happened and much of the details are being withheld, pending an internal investigation.

"Investigators have worked throughout the weekend. We continue to work with the AG's office and he (Stahursky) will be charged," said Maine State Police spokesman Steve McCausland.

When WMTW News 8 asked how such a violent crime could go unnoticed, Director of Security for the Department of Corrections Dwight Fowles said, "With the number of people you are observing, you can't monitor them all. The incidents happen very quickly."

Prison officials said they believe staffing levels are adequate at the jail even though there is one guard watching as many as 82 inmates at a time.

Forty miles north of the prison in the town of Liberty, there is little sympathy for Boland.

Boland raped a 4-year-old girl there in 2007.

A year later, the girl testified at trial and Boland became the first inmate sentenced under Jessica's Law which provided stronger penalties for those who committed crimes against children under the age of 12.

Boland got 22 years, but only lived long enough to serve six. ..Source.. by Jim Keithley

Maine State Prison inmate allegedly admits he killed prisoner as retribution


Richard Stahursky, the Maine State Prison inmate accused of beating and stabbing another prisoner to death last week, allegedly said he killed Micah Boland because the victim made false allegations against him and caused him to lose a job within the facility.

Stahursky, also known as Richard Clement, 35, was charged Tuesday with murdering Boland. He is scheduled to make his initial court appearance Thursday.

Details of Boland’s killing were included in an affidavit filed Tuesday in Knox County Superior Court by the Maine State Police.

Stahursky confessed to the killing and claimed he wouldn’t plead not guilty by reason of insanity because he knew what he was doing, according to the affidavit filed by Maine State Police Detective Jason Andrews, who interviewed the suspect Friday night, four hours after the killing.

According to the affidavit, Stahursky said he sought out Boland, 37, after conducting his own investigation within the prison to find out who made false allegations that he improperly passed items from one prison pod to another living area. Stahursky told the state police detective that the false allegations cost him his job as a hallway worker.

Stahursky blames the lack of an investigation by prison staff into the false rumors as leading to his decision to take matters into his own hands, according to the affidavit.

The murder suspect allegedly said he could not let the matter go and was losing sleep over the situation so he went to Boland’s cell to confront him. Boland admitted to spreading the rumors about Stahursky, according to a quote from Starhusky in the affidavit.

Stahursky said he planned to stomp on Boland but also brought along two homemade knives, called shanks, because he had not decided whether he was also going to stab Boland, according to the affidavit.

Stahursky admitted to punching Boland in the face, which knocked the victim unconscious, according to the affidavit, and he then attempted to tie up Boland’s hands but was not entirely successful.

When Boland woke up, he allegedly called Starhursky a profane name, which Stahursky said made him snap, the affidavit states. In that condition, he stabbed Boland at least three times but could not remember for sure because he blacked out, according to the affidavit.

The suspect said he was not sure whether he used both knives in the stabbing, the affidavit states.

Stahursky later said he wasn’t “mental” even though the prison staff thought he was, according to the affidavit.

“We’re not going the insanity, please,” Stahursky said, according to the affidavit, adding that he took full responsibility for the killing.

The affidavit also revealed that the suspect told the detective that he did not regret killing Boland because the victim was a child sex offender, known in the prison as a “skinner.”

Stahursky then left the cell and surrendered to a corrections officer, putting down the shanks, according to the affidavit.

The suspect told police that he had a list of notes and names in his cell in regard to his investigation. The list of names was found hidden in the false bottom of a skin cream container. There were five names on it, including Boland’s, which was crossed off.

Boland died from multiple stab wounds to his face, neck and torso. In addition to the stab wounds, an autopsy done Saturday by the Maine Medical Examiner’s Office revealed that Boland died of extensive hemorrhage and blunt impact to the head with bone fractures and brain injury.

Boland was sentenced in 2008 in Waldo County Superior Court to 22 years for sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl in Liberty in March 2007. The girl’s family had left her with Boland for a short time, according to testimony at the jury-waived trial.

Stahursky has a record of violence within the prison. In December 2012, he was sentenced to an additional eight years in prison for assaulting a guard. Stahursky had asked Justice Jeffrey Hjelm to impose the maximum 10 years.

Before that incident, he had been convicted of two separate stabbings of inmates with shanks and one count of arson for setting a fire in 2004.

Stahursky was also indicted in April 2013 of possessing a shank. That case remains pending.

He was originally sentenced in 2002 to nearly 20 years in prison for an armed robbery of a Mainway convenience store in Fort Fairfield. At the time of that robbery, he was also wanted by police in Connecticut for a larceny charge.

He was not scheduled to be released until 2032.

In the past five years, three prisoners in Warren have been beaten to death. In one case, a prisoner was acquitted in connection to the death, and in the second, the defendant pleaded to the lesser offense of aggravated assault. In that case, the victim was serving time for sexuallty assaulting a child. The third case is set to go to trial later this year. ..Source.. by Ryan McLaughlin and Stephen Betts, Bangor Daily News

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