State Inmate Dies in Forrest City Hospital following Stabbing

OCTOBER 12, 2006 - Posted at 4:04 p.m. CDT

BRICKEYS, AR - A state prison inmate serving 40 years for aggravated robbery died this morning after being stabbed following an argument that started during a basketball game in a recreation yard.  Michael Bolton, who was convicted in Pulaski County, died at a Forrest City hospital.  A prison spokeswoman said Bolton and another inmate argued after a basketball game yesterday at the prison unit near Brickeys.  Bolton confronted the other inmate last night after "lights out."

According to the spokeswoman, Bolton was stabbed with a small paring knife that the other inmate apparently found in a field months earlier and smuggled into the dormitory-style, 50-bunk barracks.

State Police had interviewed the other inmate, who is serving ten years from Drew and Pulaski counties on convictions for aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary.  The other inmate had not been charged but was isolated from the rest of the prison population and would be moved.

The prison said 48 other inmates were in the dormitory at the time Bolton was knifed.

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