Inmate gets 36 months for stabbing another 14 times

A 30-year-old Oak Park Heights inmate received 36 months in prison after a March 13, 2013, felony second-degree assault when he stabbed a fellow inmate 14 times with homemade weapons. Manuel Chima Najera will serve the three year sentence concurrently to his sentence.

According to the criminal complaint, an altercation took place in the Complex One at Minnesota Correctional Facility – Oak Park Heights. The Office of Special Investigations reviewed the surveillance video which showed the Najera attack another inmate by swinging and punching him. During the assault, Najera used two homemade weapons made with razor blades and stabbed the inmate approximately 14 times before another inmate intervened and protected the inmate from being punched and stabbed. Security staff responded to the situation and separated the offenders.

As a result of the assault by Najera, the victim received numerous puncture and laceration wounds on his neck, chest, back and arms. The inmate was transported by ambulance to Regions Hospital to be treated for his injuries. Both of the weapons were recovered near Najera, and the entire assault is captured on video.

Najera is currently serving a 25 year sentence for a 2001 gang-related second-degree murder.

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