- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 5, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - An inmate has pleaded not guilty to an attempted murder charge stemming from the stabbing of another prisoner at the North Dakota State Penitentiary.

The Bismarck Tribune (https://bit.ly/29ifVDn ) reports Tovias Carrillo-Cerna entered not guilty pleas Tuesday to felony charges of attempted murder and possessing a weapon in a correctional facility.

Authorities say Carrillo-Cerna stabbed a fellow prisoner in December at the penitentiary’s weight room. State officials at the time announced they had locked down the facility because an inmate had assaulted another inmate.

Authorities say four inmates told investigators Carrillo-Cerna stabbed the man.

Carrillo-Cerna was transferred to the penitentiary last year after he pleaded guilty to possessing a weapon while in custody at the Williams County Correctional Center. Carillo-Cerna was at the correctional center awaiting an August murder trial in the 2014 slaying of Juan Palacios in Williams County.


Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com

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