Crime

Inmate stabbed in neck at Eastern Kentucky prison

Eric Chapman, 32, an inmate at Eastern Kentucky Correctional Complex in West Liberty, is accused of stabbing another inmate in the neck multiple times.
Eric Chapman, 32, an inmate at Eastern Kentucky Correctional Complex in West Liberty, is accused of stabbing another inmate in the neck multiple times. Photo provided

An inmate at Eastern Kentucky Correctional Complex in West Liberty was stabbed by another inmate Sunday during prison recreation, officials said Monday.

Michael Lynch, 31, was stabbed multiple times in the neck about 2:05 p.m. Sunday, according to a news release from the Department of Corrections. Lynch was on recreation in dormitory 5, a segregation unit, when he was stabbed by Eric Chapman, the news release said. Lynch was given immediate medical attention at the prison and then was flown to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. He was listed in critical condition.

The assault is under investigation by state police, and criminal charges are pending. Chapman also will face administrative charges.

Lynch is serving a 25-year sentence for murder in Calloway County. He is eligible for parole in October 2029.

Chapman, 32, is serving a 17-year sentence for second-degree robbery, second-degree assault and first-degree wanton endangerment in Whitley County. He also is serving time for a conviction in Fayette county for receiving stolen property. He would have been eligible for parole in June 2013.

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