Inmate indicted for murder planned to kill corrections officer

By Juliette Laaka | Apr 10, 2014
Photo by: Department of Corrections Richard Stahursky is indicted on charges of murder, attempted murder and trafficking in prison contraband.

Rockland — A 35-year-old Maine State Prison inmate was indicted for murder and attempted murder for the stabbing death of a fellow inmate and conspiring to kill a corrections officer.

Richard Stahursky, also known as Richard Clements, was indicted April 9 by a Knox County Grand Jury for intentional or knowing or depraved indifference murder, aggravated attempted murder, and trafficking in prison contraband.

On Feb. 28, Stahursky killed Micah Boland, 37, with two shanks, stabbing him 87 times, according to an affidavit filed in Knox County Superior Court. 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.

According to the indictment, Stahursky also intended to kill a corrections officer on the same date he murdered Boland. He left his cell and walked into the day room of the prison, holding a homemade knife, labeled with the officer's name.

Stahursky was interviewed by authorities 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 Maine State Police Detective Jason 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.

"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 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 is serving multiple sentences for 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.

Stahursky will appear in court April 30 for a status conference date.




Comments (2)
Posted by: Donald Spear | Apr 11, 2014 17:18

I agree

Posted by: Russell Garfield York | Apr 10, 2014 18:10

lets bring back the death plenty and then watch the crime rates go down

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