For Immediate Release
Contact: Tim Connolly 508-368-7236
WORCESTER – Judge David Ricciardone today sentenced a Worcester County House of Correction inmate to a total of 5 to 7 ½ in state prison for assaulting corrections officers, according to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early.
Marcus Stewart, 27, of Worcester, was convicted by a Superior Court jury Thursday afternoon of five counts of assault and battery on a corrections officer. The charges stem from incidents at the county house of correction in 2017 and 2018. The jury also found Stewart guilty of vandalism and disturbing a correctional institution for incidents in 2018.
The jury found Stewart not guilty on a separate vandalism charge from 2017.
Assistant District Attorney Tiffany Scanlon recommended a sentence of 5 to 7 years in state prison. Defense attorney Kernahan Buck recommended a sentence of 2 to 3 years in state prison and two years of probation once he is released.
Judge Ricciardone imposed a 1 year to 1½ year sentence on each of five convictions for assault and battery on a corrections officer. Each of those sentences will run after the previous sentence is served, for a total of 5 to 7½ years.
On the vandalism conviction, Judge Ricciardone ordered a 1 year to 1½ year sentence to run at the same time as the last of fifth sentence for assault and battery on a corrections officer. For disturbing a correctional institution, the judge ordered a 30-day sentence also to run at the same time as the fifth sentence for assault and battery on a corrections officer.
The aggregate sentence of 5 to 7½ years will not begin until December of 2022 when Stewart completes his current term in the Worcester County House of Correction. Stewart was given credit for 121 days served.
Worcester County District Attorney’s Office
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