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Attica prison fight leads to inmate’s fatal stabbing

A 26-year-old Attica inmate was fatally stabbed by another inmate in the A-block yard of the state correctional facility Friday night, sources told The Buffalo News Monday.

Rodney Calloway, who was convicted of several crimes in Brooklyn, was stabbed during a fight in the yard at about 9 p.m., the sources said. Wyoming County District Attorney Donald G. O’Geen declined to comment except to confirm an inmate died, explaining that New York State Police were continuing their investigation.

“We are not releasing any further information at this time,” O’Geen said.

Officials at the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, which oversees the prison system, also declined to comment.

One of the sources told The News that it is believed Calloway realized he was in danger and had taken a small weapon with him into the yard.

“A sharp-edged instrument was later found hidden in the deceased’s mouth,” the source said.

The prison computer system listed Calloway as dying on Friday, but not the manner in which he died. He was serving a prison sentence of up to 18 years, with his soonest release date set for Aug. 5, 2029, and his “maximum” release date set for June 17, 2032.

Calloway, a native of Virginia, entered state prison on June 9, 2014, following his convictions on first-degree robbery and burglary, first-degree attempted assault and second-degree assault, according to prison records.

Last year, a total of 10 inmates at state correctional facilities in Western New York were criminally charged with possession of illegal weapons, attacks on corrections officers and other inmates.

In one instance, an inmate was charged with eight counts of both aggravated assault upon a police officer and felony second-degree assault for attacking eight corrections officers at Attica Correctional Facility with an illegal edged weapon Jan. 22.

Michael Head, 34, of Suffolk County, the accused inmate, was already serving a life term for a Suffolk County murder conviction. He will stand trial in Wyoming County Court Friday.