Murder suspect said he did not intend to kill fellow inmate

By Juliette Laaka | Mar 05, 2014
Richard Stahursky.

Rockland — When murder suspect Richard Stahursky appeared before a corrections officer holding shanks in bloody hands, he told her he needed to be cuffed, according to an affidavit filed in Knox County Superior Court.

Stahursky, 35, was arrested and charged March 4 with the February murder of fellow inmate Micah Boland, 37.

Stahursky is serving multiple sentences for a number of convictions including elevated aggravated assault, and aggravated assault for attacking other inmates with makeshift knives. He was also convicted of arson, and assaulting an officer. His earliest possible release date was November 2032, according to the Department of Corrections website.

Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Mark Flomenbaum said Boland died from multiple stab wounds to his face, neck and torso, with extensive hemorrhage and blunt impact of the head, causing bone fractures and brain injury, according to a press release from state police spokesperson Steve McCausland.

According to a report filed by Detective Jason Andrews, Stahursky is a vocal and opinionated person, who often spoke about how he hated sex offenders. Boland was a convicted sex offender serving 22 years for gross sexual assault against a 4-year-old victim. He had served six years of the sentence at the time of his death.

Boland was pronounced dead Feb 28 at 4:39 p.m. after attempts to revive him were unsuccessful, said the affidavit.

Stahursky was interviewed that night and said he attacked Boland because he thought Boland had fabricated accusations that got him fired from his job as a hallway worker. He was accused of passing items from pod to pod, he told Andrews.

He said when he confronted Boland, the victim admitted to spreading rumors about him, causing Stahursky to punch him and then kick him once he fell to the ground. He also tied Boland's hands, said the report.

Once Boland began fighting back, Stahursky stabbed him "at least three times," but he told Andrews he blacked out and did not know how many times he struck Boland with the knife.

Stahursky told Andrews he was not defending himself and did not need to defend himself against Boland.

"I am guilty of this, yeah, absolutely," Stahursky told police. He said he did not intend to kill Boland, but said "I get stupid sometimes when I have a knife in my hand."

Stahursky said he is prescribed a mood stabilizer but that he was not taking it.

During a search of Stahursky's room, investigators found a list with five names on it, including Boland's. The victim's name had been scratched out.

Stahursky will make an initial appearance in Knox County Superior Court March 6 on a charge of murder.

Comments (4)
Posted by: Maine DOC | Mar 06, 2014 08:08

How many assaults are not reported in the press? What has changed over the last several years? This is at least three murders over the past few years. Seems like there are a lot more murders or suspicious deaths in our prison since the new administration has taken control. Didn't seem to be this large of a problem with the old school administration? Lower staffing, inexperienced staff, over populating the pod, failing to use a proper disciplinary system? Is Unit Management being used the way it should be? Stahursky stated if the officer had not been a female he would not have stopped at the sex offender? I think the policies in place need to change and possibly some people should be held accountable for what happened? Who makes the decisions on security levels of prisoners? And we all thought we didn't have the death penalty in Maine! Fooled us didn't they?!



Posted by: KERYN LAITE | Mar 06, 2014 07:34

think about this.........the bottom line is the person who was assaulted / killed was a convicted sex offender of a child. it is a known fact and has been for years, if convicted of a crime against a child, one way or another, whether in jail or not, there is a price to pay.



Posted by: russell g york | Mar 05, 2014 16:58

how do you stab a person 87 times and no guards see it but the prison has camers whow was watching them looks like no one was state said the prison is a safe place I think they should look very hard at weir the guards weir it takes a bite to stab a person 87 times



Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Mar 04, 2014 17:11

He didn't mean to. What did he think would happen when he was using a knife or whatever he used.



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