State prison inmate died from stab wounds, police say

State Police spokesman Stephen McCausland
State Police spokesman Stephen McCausland
Posted March 01, 2014, at 6:45 p.m.

WARREN, Maine — A Maine State Prison inmate with a lengthy violent past is expected to be charged early next week with the stabbing death of another prisoner.

Maine State Police spokesman Stephen McCausland said that state police detectives believe Richard Stahursky, 35, is responsible for the death of Micah Boland, 37.

Boland died from multiple stab wounds. Police were not giving out more information about the attack or where it occurred within the prison.

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

Testimony at his December 2012 trial indicated that Stahursky was going to the recreation area when a guard tried to conduct a routine pat-down search. When the Stahursky failed to comply with a directive, the prison guard used appropriate force in order for Stahursky to comply, according to corrections officials. At that point, Stahursky turned around and struck the guard. The guard suffered a bruise that produced golf-ball-sized swelling on his head.

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

He was indicted in April for possession of a shank — or a homemade knife.

Stahursky was not set for release until 2032.

Boland had served six years of a 22-year sentenced imposed in 2008 in Waldo County Superior Court for gross sexual assault. Justice Jeffrey Hjelm sentenced Boland 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.

According to Deputy District Attorney Eric Walker, Boland’s sentencing was the first use of Jessica’s Law in Maine, in which penalties are increased based on the young age of the victim.

State police detectives spent Friday afternoon and evening at the prison following the stabbing that occurred at 4:40 p.m.

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. The third case is set to go to trial in March.

Guy E.Hunnewell III, 43, is accused of murder in connection to the June 25, 2013, beating death of fellow prisoner Alan Powell. Hunnewell was indicted in July, accused of beating the 57-year-old Powell with an electric guitar while the two were in the exercise yard. Powell died from blunt force trauma of the head, according to the medical examiner’s office.

In August, Hunnewell entered a plea of not guilty and not criminally responsible to the murder charge.

A jury is scheduled to be selected on March 7 in Knox County Superior Court with the trial set to run from March 10 through March 14.

Hunnewell was also indicted in July for a separate aggravated assault charge in which he is accused of striking another prisoner, James Brensinger, with a shovel on Jan. 28, 2013.

Brensinger filed a lawsuit in January in U.S. District Court against Hunnewell and the Maine State Prison for the assault. Brensinger was taken to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport, suffering from a concussion, according to his lawsuit. He is representing himself in the lawsuit. He is asking for $60,000, saying that would make him happy.

Brensinger claims that Hunnewell was trying to kill him for no reason.

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