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Man faces charges after strangling fellow inmate

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Published August 07. 2018 12:20PM

A Carbon County inmate faces additional charges after he strangled another inmate.

Malcolm Steven Harris, 31, was charged by Nesquehoning police with assault by a prisoner, a felony 2; simple assault; strangulation and harassment.

According to the affidavit, on July 13, Nesquehoning police officer Timothy Wuttke was called to the correctional facility for a report of an assault in the prison the day before.

The victim told police that he was doing pushups between the bunks of his cell at approximately 2:30 a.m. when Harris got off his bunk and in the victim’s face, asking if he knew what time it was.

When the victim tried to stand up, Harris pulled his legs out from under him and then punched him in the head before putting him in a choke hold.

Harris let go of the victim when he heard a corrections officer coming up the stairs.

Police noted a red mark on the victim’s hairline and a lump and redness on his right wrist from the incident.

Other inmates in the block corroborated the victim’s story, saying that Harris was bragging about it the next day.

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