Two former Auburn inmates were arraigned in Cayuga County Court Thursday for strings of felony charges related to prison stabbing incidents in July.
Erick Lewis, 31, and Marven Lee, 27, both assaulted fellow inmates while incarcerated at Auburn Correctional Facility. The incidents, although unrelated, occurred five days apart.
Around 12:30 p.m. July 4, inside the cell block building as inmates were returning from lunch, according to Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann, Lewis assaulted another male inmate with both a hard plastic shank and a disposable razor blade.
Lewis stabbed the inmate with the shank and slashed him with the razor, causing lacerations to the victim's face and body, according to Lewis' grand jury indictment. Budelmann said the victim suffered lacerations on his face, shoulder, arm and chest.
Lewis was arraigned on a sealed indictment Thursday for three felony assault charges: First-degree attempted assault with intent to cause disfigurement/dismemberment, a class C violent felony; second-degree assault with intent to cause physical injury with a weapon and second-degree assault while confined in a correctional facility. He also was charged with two counts of first-degree promoting prison contraband for having the stabbing and slashing weapons.
Lewis, who is currently in custody at the Attica Correctional Facility, was originally incarcerated in 2010 for a conviction of first-degree attempted criminal sexual act, first-degree sexual abuse, second-degree assault and first-degree criminal sexual act in Kings County, according to the state's Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. His earliest release date is in 2051.
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"Listen, I got life in jail man ... it doesn't make a difference," Lewis told Cayuga County Judge Thomas Leone Thursday in an attempt for Leone to accept a guilty plea.
Not wanting to rush Lewis, Leone scheduled his next court appearance for Jan. 17.
Just days following Lewis' assault incident, around 2:20 p.m. July 9, Lee assaulted a fellow inmate who was doing push-ups out in the main yard, Budelmann said. When the victim stood, Lee struck the victim a downward blow to the right side of their face with a "sharp cutting-type instrument."
The victim suffered a seven-inch laceration which required about 72 sutures to close and resulted in a permanent, disfiguring scar, according to Lee's indictment.
Lee was charged with two counts of first-degree assault, class B violent felonies; second-degree assault with intent to cause serious physical injury; second-degree assault with intent to cause serious injury with a weapon; second-degree assault while confined to a correctional facility; first-degree promoting prison contraband and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon with a previous conviction.
Lee, who is currently in custody at Five Points Correctional Facility for a previous second-degree criminal possession of a weapon conviction, was also arraigned in court Thursday.
Lee pleaded guilty to second-degree assault while confined to a correctional facility, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and first-degree promoting prison contraband while in court. He is due back in court Feb. 7 for sentencing.