Inmate accepts plea deal in 2021 assault on Newport prison corrections officer

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NEWPORT — Anthony Fitzgerald, a 32-year-old inmate at Northern State Correctional Facility, recently appeared in court to accept a plea agreement. Fitzgerald was initially charged with aggravated assault and simple assault for a 2021 incident involving an attack on a corrections officer.

The confrontation began when Fitzgerald obstructed the view into his cell by placing paper over the door window. After refusing to remove the obstruction and threatening self-harm, an extraction team intervened.

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During this intervention, Fitzgerald stabbed an officer multiple times in the head and abdomen.

Fitzgerald’s plea to a reduced charge of Simple Assault on a Protected Professional resulted in the dismissal of the aggravated assault charge with prejudice. The accepted deal includes a sentence of 150 to 190 days, with credit for time already served.

Despite the resolution of these charges, Fitzgerald remains in custody on unrelated charges.

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