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For Immediate Release

March 11, 2006

Contact: Jeff Lyons
Public Information Officer
Phone: 603-271-5602


(Concord, NH)  The New Hampshire Department of Corrections and the New Hampshire State Police are investigating an inmate on inmate assault, which occurred in the Secure Housing Unit of the New Hampshire State Prison for Men in Concord.  At approximately 9:15 AM on March 11, 2006, maximum-security inmate Stephen E. Mann, 33 assaulted maximum security inmate William J. Sullivan, Jr., 20, with a sharp homemade weapon.

Inmate Sullivan was transported to Concord Hospital where he received medical treatment for non-life threatening injuries.  He was later returned to the prison. Correctional staff responded quickly and professionally to stop the incident before it became a more serious situation.

Inmate Mann is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for homicide.  He was admitted to prison on November 3, 2005.  Inmate Sullivan is serving life without the possibility of parole for homicide.  He was admitted to prison on July 15, 2005.

The investigation is continuing when upon completion the matter will be referred to the Merrimack County Attorney for review and a possible indictment.

Department of Corrections
Office of the Commissioner
PO Box 1806
Concord, NH 03302

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