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Hearing set for Ohio inmate accused in 2 knife attacks

FILE – In this Dec. 31, 2018, file photo taken in Delaware, Ohio, Shamieke Pugh discusses the injuries he has suffered in 2017 with a fellow-prisoner in the Southern Ohio Correctional facility in Lucasville slipped from his bonds, and allegedly stabbed Pugh and three other prisoners several times as they sat handcuffed to a table and were not able to defend themselves. A pro-forma session was scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, for inmate Greg Reinke, who is accused in 2017 knife attack on four other prisoners, and a 2018 stabbing attack on a man who is still recovering from his injuries. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins, File)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A hearing was scheduled Tuesday for an Ohio inmate accused in 2017 a knife attack on four other prisoners are cuffed and not able to defend themselves and in a stabbing attack in the following year on a guard who is still recovering from his injuries.

Inmate Greg Reinke was already serving a life sentence for aggravated murder for a fatal 2004 shooting in Cleveland when the knife attack happened.

Reinke, 38, pleaded not guilty to the attacks, both of what happened in the Southern Ohio Correctional facility in Lucasville. A pro-forma session was scheduled for Tuesday morning in Scioto County Court of Common pleas. That is in the Ohio River city of Portsmouth.

A video obtained by The Associated Press of 2017 the attack photos Reinke repeatedly cross the four other prisoners. Reinke, sat down at an adjacent table, in one way or another slipped out of his own handcuffs, then used a homemade 7-inch (18 cm) shaft in the attack.

In 2018, Reinke and another inmate, Casey Pigge, stabbed corrections officer Matthew Mathias 32 times in the near Lucasville in the infirmary, according to an indictment, charging both men. Mathias spent weeks in the hospital and is still recovering, according to the union representing Ohio guards.

Pigge was previously convicted of three separate murders, including the strangling of a fellow inmate on a medical transport bus. He has also pleaded not guilty in the attack on the guard.

After the second attack, Reinke and Pigge were both transferred to the Ohio State Penitentiary, the state’s supermax prison in Youngstown.

In a telephone conversation from the jail on Jan. 30, Reinke told the AP that the guards beat him “to a pulp” after he arrived at the supermax, allegedly breaking his eye socket and a fractured skull.

Reinke also alleged continual mistreatment by the prison staff with him, and Pigge, that he attributed to their actions.

“The employees are stealing from us, you know that they are damaging our property, they are writing false tickets,” Reinke said. “It is everything. It is as though we are on a whole other planet than the others.” He said that they “feel that it is their duty to take revenge on me.”

Prisons spokeswoman JoEllen Smith said there was “no evidence” that officers harassed or attacked or imprisoned.

“Because of the serious, violent violations of these prisoners are accused of committing extra security protocols established for the security of both the inmates and staff at any time these prisoners out of their cells,” she said in a statement.

Smith said that the protocols, in place continuously since Reinke and Pigge arrived, the daily mobile searches looking for any sign of contraband or weapons.

“Both prisoners are limited on what they property can possess, but they are allowed for hygiene and writing materials,” she said.

A spokeswoman for the union representing prison guards not return repeated requests for comment.

In January, Reinke said that he had told him he would have been required, since the following week is the wearing of a band “, such as a taser” attached to a controller that can shock him.

Smith confirmed that the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction has started with the use of controlled electronic devices. She said that the specific policy is not a public register, but that the ministry has indicated, “In no circumstances CEDs can be used for punishment or the convenience of the staff.”

Reinke’s attorney, Matthew Loesch, said that he was not aware of his client’s allegations about being beaten and that he was impressed by the professionalism of the prison staff when he visited his client.

“That is not to say that it didn’t happen, I’m just not aware of it,” he said. “If someone is exposed to abuse, everyone is going to want to do what they can to stop it.”

Scioto County prosecutors initially declined to prosecute Reinke for the attack on the four prisoners, with the argument that he was already serving life for the Cleveland kill.

Last year, newly elected Scioto County prosecutor Shane Tieman changed course and charged Reinke with both the prison attack.

Reinke speculated that the decision is the result of a double standard within the prison system.

“It is as if the people at the table ain’t even from human to ’em, like not even matter as much as that guard,” he said.

Responding to the allegations by one of the prisoners stabbed during the 2017 attack that the attack was a set-up of the guards, Reinke said he received a “care package” of new t-shirts, envelopes, and other items after it happened.

“They didn’t really, but they certainly tolerated,” he said.

Tieman said that he found no evidence of a set-up. No guards involved in the incident were disciplined.

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