Inmates charged in stabbing of fellow prisoner

Jose Sanchez Guillen and Jose Jesus Morado Sanchez are accused in the attack in September 2009.

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WALLA WALLA -- Two Washington State Penitentiary inmates charged in the stabbing of a fellow prisoner last fall pleaded innocent Monday afternoon in Superior Court.

Jose Sanchez Guillen, 26, and his cell mate, Jose Jesus Morado Sanchez, 27, are scheduled for trial Nov. 9 and 10.

Guillen is accused of first-degree assault, while Sanchez faces a charge of complicity to first-degree assault.

Officials said Guillen used a homemade shank to stab and slice inmate Victor Carrillo Diaz in a brutal attack. The assault, which occurred in the dining facility of a prison housing unit Sept. 25, 2009, reportedly was recorded by the unit's surveillance cameras and witnessed by several correctional officers.

Diaz was treated at Providence St. Mary Medical Center for his injuries after the attack.

Authorities found two homemade shanks inside a garbage can under a flight of stairs at the prison. Officials also allegedly located several items of evidence in the defendants' cell, including plastic razor handles, metal razor blades and broken toothbrushes.

Terry McConn can be reached at terrymcconn@wwub.com or 526-8319.

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