Inmate pleads guilty in attack on prison guard

Ohio
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PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (AP) — A three-time killer already serving life sentences has pleaded guilty to attempted aggravated murder and other charges in an attack on an Ohio prison guard and has been sentenced to 32 more years in prison.

Casey Pigge (pij) pleaded guilty Wednesday in Scioto County in the Feb. 20, 2018, attack on Matthew Mathias. Authorities said Pigge and a co-defendant attacked the officer at Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville as he was escorting them to the prison infirmary.

Prosecutors say Mathias was stabbed 32 times with knives made of metal from the inmates’ beds.

The Chillicothe Gazette reports Pigge appeared to show no remorse Wednesday, saying “it is what it is.”

Prison officials say Pigge and his co-defendant are both on hunger strikes, alleging overly harsh treatment by guards.

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