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Not guilty pleas by inmates charged in prison knife attacks

November 3, 2018
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This undated file photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction shows Greg Reinke. Prosecutors have charged two prison inmates, Reinke and Casey Pigge, in separate knife attacks at an Ohio prison that left a guard severely wounded and injured four prisoners unable to defend themselves because they were handcuffed to a table. (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction via AP)

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (AP) — Two prison inmates charged in separate knife attacks at an Ohio prison that left a guard severely wounded and four prisoners injured have entered not guilty pleas.

Authorities say the four prisoners couldn’t defend themselves during a June 2017 attack because they were handcuffed to a table.

The injured guard, Matthew Matthias, received 32 stab wounds and numerous internal injuries in an attack this past February. He was hospitalized for weeks and hasn’t yet returned to work.

The Chillicothe Gazette reports prisoners Casey Pigge (pij) and Greg Reinke appeared via video monitor Thursday for a court hearing in Scioto County.

The attacks were at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville. Both inmates are now housed in the state supermax prison in Youngstown.

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Information from: Chillicothe Gazette, http://www.chillicothegazette.com