According to the Charleston Post and Courier, Mr. George Salisbury, who attacked a female prison guard with a shank while serving 15 years at McDougall prison in Berkeley County, was given life without parole after a week-long trial in Harrington's court:
Salisbury started serving a 15-year sentence in March 2001 for criminal sexual conduct with a minor, a crime that was committed in Berkeley County. He was found guilty of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, assault on a correctional officer, and taking of a hostage by an inmate. He was sentenced to life without parole by Circuit Judge Kristi Harrington. The life sentence won't kick in until after the assault on the minor sentence ends, around 2015.
We hope legislators will elect more no-nonsense law-and-order judges like Harrington in the upcoming judicial elections.
In a surprising twist, the female guard's life may well have been saved by the actions of prisoners, who put themselves in harm's way to stop the attack and rescue the guard:
As the attack was going on and the officer screamed for help, at least three other inmates in the dormitory broke into the locked control room area to help the officer and subdue the man.
Ninth Circuit Deputy Solicitor Bryan Alfaro said the inmates broke windows and removed a door to get to the attacker, and helped carry the guard away to protect her.
"It really could have gotten horribly bad," Alfaro said.
Two of the inmates testified against Salisbury during his trial this week inside the Berkeley County Courthouse. Their contribution was significant because "it corroborated her version of events," Alfaro said.
We certainly hope that this good deed counts towards good-behavior credit for those inmates.