The McCreary County Record

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October 4, 2011

Federal inmate sentenced to 105 years

Stabbed 2 USP McCreary staffers

LONDON — An inmate at the U.S. Penitentiary in McCreary County with an extensive criminal history was sentenced to 105 years in prison on Wednesday for attempting to murder two correctional officers.

    James Edward Rose, 38, of Washington D.C. was convicted of the offenses in April of this year. Evidence at the trial proved that in November of 2010, Rose violently stabbed two unarmed corrections officers with a shank. He caused serious injuries to the officers who had to be flown by helicopter to the University of Kentucky Medical Center to treat wounds to the chest, back and shoulder.

    In addition to the attempted murder counts, the jury also convicted Rose of two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and possessing a prohibited object.

    Rose was serving a sentence for armed bank robbery and witness tampering. He has a lengthy criminal history starting when he was a juvenile.

    According to reports at the time, Rose stabbed the officers just after 5 p.m. on November 8 during a routine search of inmate living quarters. The incident was the first reported to involve injuries to USP McCreary staff members since the prison opened in 2004. Both officers, who were not publicly identified, had been released from UK by the following morning.

    Rose was transferred and is currently lodged at USP Big Sandy in Inez, KY.

    Kerry B. Harvey, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, and Richard B. Ives, Warden, United States Penitentiary McCreary, jointly made the announcement last week.

    The investigation was conducted by USP McCreary. Assistant United States Attorney Lee Gentry prosecuted the case on behalf of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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