State law enforcement officials have charged an inmate with attempted first-degree murder in last weekend’s stabbing of the director of the state prison unit in Anson County.
Thomas Michael Accardi has been charged in connection with the stabbing that injured David Mitchell, administrator at the Lanesboro Correctional Institution, the State Bureau of Investigation said Friday.
The alleged assault took place about 5 p.m. Oct. 10, authorities said. Accardi also was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.
Mitchell was stabbed with a “shank,” or homemade knife, said Pamela Walker, spokeswoman for the N.C. Department of Public Safety. He was treated and released from a hospital and back on the job the next day, she said.
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Accardi, 27, appeared before an Anson County magistrate Friday morning, SBI officials said.
Accardi was placed under $500,000 bond and will make his next court appearance Nov. 5. State prison officials said Accardi has been moved to the Polk Correctional Institution and is under high security maximum control.
According to state prison records, Accardi was serving a term of 14 years 1 month for assault with a deadly weapon and several other lesser offenses. Accardi, who was convicted in Johnston County, was scheduled for release from prison in 2021.