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New Rochelle Prisoner Guilty Of Stabbing Fellow Inmate

An imprisoned man from New Rochelle was found guilty of assaulting a fellow inmate.
An imprisoned man from New Rochelle was found guilty of assaulting a fellow inmate. Photo Credit: File

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- John Waller, 41, of New Rochelle, was found guilty Tuesday by a federal jury of attacking a fellow inmate with a makeshift knife, according to a U.S. Attorney's Office release.

Waller’s trial started Monday and ended Tuesday afternoon with the jury returning the guilty verdict after deliberating for more than two hours.

Based on witness testimony and documents admitted into evidence, it was established that on March 28, 2010 at the U.S. Penitentiary in Pollock, La., Waller could be seen on video in a prison common area stabbing a fellow inmate repeatedly with a makeshift knife.

The assaulted inmate received puncture wounds to the upper body and was brought to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Waller testified at trial. He said he acted in self-defense and that he was justified in committing the assault. Waller is serving a 27-year sentence on narcotics and weapons charges.

Waller faces up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release for assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to cause bodily harm.

Sentencing has been set for Dec. 19.

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